Jerry MartinezEnglish 190Professor AlexaSchumacher11 December 2017Final Exam Activity One:1.
How do people becomemore intelligent?-Based on the videoprovided people become more intelligent when they have a growth mindset. Theidea of a growth mindset is that one intelligence isn’t something you are bornwith but it comes from experience and failure. In broader words, its believedpeople get smarter when they embrace problems rather than ignore them out offear of failure. 2. How does the diagramof neurons “At birth vs. at age 6″ demonstrate this?- Based on the diagramof neurons: At birth vs. at age 6” from the video provided, itdemonstrates that children from birth till the age of six have a growthmindset. It depicts how the neurons from the brain expand when the brainstruggles as the children begin to learn how to talk, walk and etc.
Therefore,illustrating that having a growth mindset makes people become more intelligent.3. How does the seconddiagram of the nervous of the animal living in a cage vs. an animal with otheranimals and toys demonstrate this?-Based on the seconddiagram of the nervous of the animals living in a cage vs.
an animal with otheranimals and toys demonstrates this phenomenon because animals who are beingsocialized with other animals are constantly being challenged and haveinterestingness. Therefore, expanding their nervous double, the size of theanimals who aren’t. 4. How are our brainslike muscles?-Based on the videoprovided our brains are like muscles because the more we use them and challengethem the bigger they get, which is a metaphor that the more effort andchallenge we encounter one’s intelligence can be changed. 5. When do our brains growthe most?-Our brains grow themost when we challenge ourselves to difficult tasks and not stay within theconfront of things we know out of the fear of failure. 6.
What isneuroplasticity?-Based on the video”Neuroplasticity” neuroplasticity is how our brains are adaptable andchange if we chose to do so. The processes to make new pathways in our brain toexpand on what we already know. Activity Two:1. Discuss a time whenyou overcame a struggle in learning and learned to solve a problem.- A time when I overcamea struggle in learning and learned to solve the problem was when I begancollege. After graduating high school, I decided to take time off school andbegan to work full time to provide stability for my family.
Years went by andit finally fit me that I wasn’t happy where I was in life and in addition therewhere so many jobs that required more than a high school diploma. Therefore, Idecided to register in College and didn’t think much about it. I alwaysbelieved college was the same as high school and there wasn’t anything to worryabout. I enrolled in math which I was excited about because I haven’t been inschool for the past 7 years. When the semester began I attended the class.
Asthe professor began to lecture I found myself lost and at times not interestedin the lecture. Instead of asking for help and trying to figure out how to dothe problems I just kept to myself for several weeks. On quizzes and test, Iwould basically fail each one however out of fear and judgment I didn’t want tospeak to the professor for help. I ended up dropping the class and wasdisappointed with myself. Nevertheless, I didn’t let that bring me down evenmore. Next semester I enrolled in the same class, however, this time I changedmy study habits and began to ask questions. I also found myself in the MathCenter more challenging myself to problems I never thought I can do myself.
When tests came around I started receiving A’s and on questions, I was unsureabout I asked the professor for help. I became more intelligent day by daycompared to the previous semester when I didn’t challenge myself and had afixed mindset. Activity Three:Dear Future Student,When learning how tobake a cake it takes patience and time. Without patience, you can accidentallymiss measure an ingredient and your whole cake will be ruined.
It took me about a weekto finally get the right consistency and flavor in my cake. At first, when Ibegan constructing my cake I didn’t pay much attention to the measurements ofingredients and didn’t follow the proper directions in baking just because Iwanted to rush the process. I also forgot to mention I didn’t preheat the ovenand as a result, my cake was left runny and underdone. On day three I decidedto finally be patient and follow the directions. The batter of the cake lookedlike the right consistency and transferred it to a cake pan.
After preheatingthe oven, I placed the cake pan in the oven and let it bake for 40 min as advisedin the directions. After the time was done I took the cake pan out of the ovenand began to remove the cake from the pan. The cake broke in half and the otherhalf of the cake was stuck to the pan. On day 6 the last day I was going toattempt to make the perfect cake I followed each step as advised in the directions.What I did differently was buttered the pan before placing the batter in it soit won’t get stuck.
I also let the cake cool down for about 20 min so it cancool down and will be easier to remove from the pan. The final product wasbetter than I expected. Without the struggles and the perseverance to continue,I wouldn’t have learned from my mistakes or got to where I did. What one shouldtake from this is be patient of an accomplishment you are trying to fulfill andnever give up because it’s well worth it in the end. Sincerely,Jerry Activity Four:1.Briefly, discussJosh’s story and the quote.
“The moment webelieve that success is determined by an ingrained level of ability, we will bebrittle in the face of adversity.” – Josh Waitzkin-John’s story is aperfect example that one is a capable to do anything they set their mind to.The effort and the failure one encounters will make you strong and help youlearn from those mistakes so they won’t be repeated, therefore allowing you tobecome more intelligent and successful. The quote “The moment we believethat success is determined by an ingrained level of ability, we will be brittlein the face of adversity.” is a perfect interpretation that withoutfailure you won’t truly know what you are capable of doing without the comfortof something you already know. Getting rid of the fixed mindset allowed him notto think of himself as this “special person” but gave him theperspective that with effort and motivation he can conquer anything.2. Discuss the studyabout 7th graders with both fixed and growth mindsets.
What are a growth andfixed mindset?-A person with a growthmindset believes they can change their intelligence over time with effort andstruggles. Compared to a fixed mindset those who believe they can’t changetheir intelligence because its something they are born with instead ofdeveloping their intelligence. What happened to the 7thgraders’ scores over the next two years?-Over the next two yearsafter tracking the 7th graders the results concluded that students who had agrowth mindset overall did better. Compared to students with a fixed mindsetwho overall didn’t do so well. The reason to this was the perspective they hadabout intelligence as Eduardo Briceno said. 3. Discuss differencesin Growth and Fixed Mindsets.
What do people withfixed mindsets focus the most on? How do both mindsets view effort?-People with fixedmindsets usually focus most on how they will be judged. People with a fixedmindset view effort as negative and believe it only for people who aren’tcapable enough need. Compared to people with a growth mindset who see theeffort as something that makes you more intelligent and smart. · How do both mindsetsview obstacles?-People who have fixedmindset view obstacles as incapable instead of putting effort and determinationso they won’t be judged.
While those with growth mindset view obstacles as alearning opportunity in developing their intelligence. 4. Gauge whether youwould respond positively to this study on praise and its overall takeaway.What was this studyabout?-This study was about todetermine how praising children with a fixed mindset and growth mindset willaffect their ability in challenging themselves and growing their intelligence. · What kind of praise didthe kids in the “Fixed Mindset” group get?-The kind of praise children with a “fixedMindset” group received when they finished the puzzle as they were toldthat they were really smart for getting the number of points they received.· What kind of praise didthe kids in the “Growth Mindset” group get?- The kind of praise children with a”Growth Mindset” group received when they finished the puzzle wasthat they must have tried really hard to earn those points. · What were the results ofthis study?-The results of thisstudy concluded that children who were praised with a fixed mindset picked aneasier puzzle piece over the more difficult one when asked which puzzle theywanted to do next. While children with a growth mindset picked the moredifficult one to challenge themselves.
The children with a fixed mindsetoverall performed low and didn’t want to feel the judgment of other children sothey lied about the score earned. What’s important about this study is childrenwho are praised in a fixed mindset won’t have confidence and become fearful ofjudgment. While children praised in a growth mindset want to challenge themselvesinto more difficult tasks and aren’t afraid of judgment.
5. How does your brainchange and grow?-Our brain changes andgrows when people are taught with a growth mindset, they typically do overallbetter in school, work and etc. Three things said in the video The Power of Belief, is that our brainwill change and grow our mindset with effort, teaching others about growthmindset and finally when you are beginning to think as a fixed mindset tellyour self you can’t do it yet instead of never. Feedback:1.
What was your favoritepart of this class and why?-My favorite part ofthis class is how everything was set up for each student to succeed. All youhad to do is but your part in the class and you will receive a good grade outof it.2. What one thing do youthink you learned? -One thing I learned isabout how sex trafficking in other countries is a huge problem still today. Ialso learned how to build my reading skills. 3. What else would youlike to see as part of a Reading class at GCC?- One thing I would liketo see as a part of a reading class at GCC is probably more videos on the bookswe are reading in class. What I found out after taking this class was thatvideos helped me answer questions I might have had about the reading.