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UV teachers passing message of growth mindset to students
On a day in November, the students in Mrs. Wright’s fourth grade class at Unadilla Valley all sported purple shirts with a message on it: “I believe, so I can.” Those aren’t just words to her class, but a belief how the right mindset can lead to success.

Teachers at UV have been reading the book, MindSet by Carol S. Dweck, a Professor of Psychology at Stanford University. The book focuses on how it’s not just abilities and talent that bring students success, but whether we approach them with a fixed or growth mindset.

"It’s great to see the book being read and also the teachers passing on the positive and enthusiastic confidence regarding the message,” said elementary principal Chris Harper.

Wright said every Friday, her students wear his/her purple shirts. She says they eagerly repeat the phrase “I believe, so I can,” and have done so since school began.

“We talked about how if you don’t believe in yourself, you won’t accomplish anything. But if you believe you can, you will know the steps you have to take,” she said.

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