What Kids Can Teach Us
This Saturday I was reminded of the value of a growth-mindset. I am sure many of us prefer not to spend a full day of our weekend immersed in a work-related function. And, to be honest, while I was glad to support our kids and intrigued about the Model UN process, as I looked ahead to a 7:00 to 5:30 commitment on Saturday, I could only think of all the things on my to-do list that would not get done.
Once at the Triangle Model UN Competition (TRIMUNC), which was held at the Duke Pratt School of Engineering, I forgot about my list.
Five of our 7th grade girls demonstrated the value of a growth-mindset by willingly spending hours preparing for this experience, which required them to explore a global topic and write a position paper. At the competition, they presented their positions, engaged in collaborative discussion and resolution writing, and voted on resolutions, all the time providing justification for their viewpoints. Two had returned after midnight from the Fine Arts trip to Busch Gardens, yet they did not let that impact their energy and participation. One had a recital the day after. Wow!
Our girls lead self, lead with others, and changed their world – a focus of the competition. I learned as much from them as I did about the TRIMUNC!
As one of only two schools in Raleigh who participated, we hope to see the program grow. I have expressed our thanks to Junior Sumana Goli, who spearheaded this effort.
Please acknowledge AriAnna Thomas, Remy Fleischman, Vivian Avery, Nicole Finney, and Erin Pugh when you see them!