Each week, a Center Grove High School teacher asks 15 freshmen to do the unthinkable for teenagers: write about their feelings.
Adam Gaff wants the students in his orientation to life and career course to write in journals about the difficulties they’re having both in and outside school, whether it’s passing algebra or communicating with their parents. Gaff wants to know whether students see their problems as fixed truths they can’t change or challenges they can try to overcome.
If students who have problems passing algebra believe they’ll always have difficulty with algebra and that will never change, their grades in the course probably will not improve. But if they think about algebra as a challenge that they can overcome, then they’ll start to see they have options that make it possible to earn a higher grade in the course, Gaff said.