At TASIS Portugal, we use ELLI (Effective Lifelong Learning Inventory) to support learners in developing the skills they need to be successful. For example, this fall students were introduced to a story with seven animals that represented different characteristics of effective learning. Each animal and its individual powers were discussed in greater detail during Social Emotional Learning (SEL) lessons. The seven animal characters are:
The Bees, who represent “good working relationships”;
The Cat, who represents “curiosity”;
The Chameleon who represents “change and growth”;
The Unicorn who represents “creativity and imagination”;
The Turtle, who represents “perseverance and resilience”;
The Owl who represents “strategic thinking”; and
The Spider, who represents “making connections”.
Each Early Learning Center (ELC) class has a set of these cuddly animals in their classroom to stimulate learning power. When walking through our ELC, it becomes apparent that ELLI is very much a part of our school culture: it’s used in everyday language and embedded in our lessons. The ELLI animals are used to help meet the learning intention of every lesson.
At TASIS Portugal, we believe that a growth mindset plays an integral part in your child's education. We help students understand that they can acquire abilities through dedication and effort. To encourage a growth mindset, we will be introducing the eighth character into the ELC to motivate and instill the belief that through hard work, great results can be achieved. The character will be a Yeti to represent, "I can’t do it…YET!"
One of the ways our teachers encourage this mindset is through praise. We emphasize effort and perseverance rather than talent, to help them realize they are in control of their own success. By praising the learning process and strategies used, students gain confidence, persistence, and resilience.