GPA is a Growth Mindset School
Administrators support teachers’ learning. They are responsive to honest feedback, rather than defensive. They seek to build their skills, and are willing to learn from their mistakes and others' success. Teachers collaborate with their colleagues and instructional leaders, rather than shut their classroom doors and fly solo. They strive to strengthen their own practice, rather than blame others. They truly believe that all students can learn and succeed—and show it. Parents support their children’s learning both inside and outside the classroom. They partner with teachers, and respond to outreach. They worry less about advocating for their children to get good grades and focus on making sure kids are being challenged and put in the effort needed to grow. Students are enthusiastic, hard-working, persistent learners. They take charge over their own success.
GPA provides differentiation in the classrooms
What is Differentiation?
Differentiation is changing the pace, level or kind of instruction you provide in response to individual learner needs, styles, or interest. This decision is based off of data collected through assessments such as reading inventories, informal assessments and constant anecdotal observation in the classroom environment.
When learning tasks are consistently too hard, students become anxious and frustrated. When tasks are consistently too easy, boredom results. Both boredom and anxiety inhibit a student's motivation to learn, and — eventually — harm achievement as well. Differentiated instruction helps teachers avoid student anxiety and boredom that can be evident in one-size-fits-all curriculum.