Today, Friday, July 6th the Jump Start program held a reflective workshop looking at the movie Stand and Deliver, a true story featuring Edward James Olmos as Jaime Escalante, a former teacher at Garfield High School in East Los Angeles. While viewing the film, students were asked to also read an article on Brainology and reflect on the two pieces.
Brainology – The different beliefs, or mindsets, to create different psychological worlds: one in which students are afraid of challenges and devastated by setbacks (fixed mindset), and one in which students relish challenges and are resilient in the face of setbacks (growth mindset).
Stand And Deliver – Real-life hero’s confront the National Advanced Placement Calculus Exam! Jaime is a math teacher at East Los Angeles’ Garfield High who refuses to write off his inner-city students as losers. Jaime is seen almost like a Rocky of the classroom.
Highlighted quotes include:
These aren’t the types to bounce back.
Talking about students losing their confidence and would not be able to do it again…a one shot deal.
“All you see is the turn, not the road ahead”
The segment of the movie where Jaime takes the student to a dead-end while driving the car. Growth mindset, is looking at the road ahead…not just the turn that’s immediately in front of you.
Assignment for Jump Start Students:
Choose ONE of the following points and write your response in the comments below:
- Write about your thoughts on Brainology and explain the difference between a fixed mindset and growth mindset. Please give an example for each.
- Write about a character or situation of the movie and how does it related back to A Hero’s Journey.
- Write about the Super Natural Aide in the movie Stand and Deliver. Why do you think they are the super natural aide? Give examples.
*This assignment is due Monday, July 9th at 4pm!*