20 July 2016
Allindividuals at one time of their life have experienced adversity. Inlife, each person has a set of challenges and trials, which they haveto overcome in order to grow. This occurs in different stages of lifeand is inevitable. Hence, it is essential to have an understanding ofadversity by turning challenging situations into triumphs. School isan important part of every child’s life given that this is wherethey develop a significant amount of knowledge. While the primaryrole of school is to provide an education to students, educationalsystems enhance a child’s life skills. In fact, most studentsacquire these skills after experiencing moments of adversity (Dweck2). Adversity in school benefits students given that they are able touse challenges and overwhelming experiences from their past toimprove on their performance in class.
Thelearning experience is a phenomenon which students experience inschool and outside school. The brain is part of the learning processgiven that students use their brain to learn, memorize, analyze, andinterpret new information on a daily basis. As such, the brain isconstantly undergoing change to adapt to the new experiences that anindividual has, in and outside the classroom. Notably, each studenthas a different approach to education hence the outcome of his or hergrades vary. Some students believe that intelligence is fixed andthey cannot put effort to change their level of intelligence. Incontrast, some students believe that they can change their grades,level of intelligence, and understanding of a certain subject if theyput in extra effort. All this depends on a student’s motivation andlearning. Some students view intelligence that something fixed whileothers view intelligence, as something that they can increase. Thisall depends of the mindset of the child (Dweck 1).
HowAdversity in School either Benefits Students or Hurts them and theirLearning
Allstudents face the stresses that come with studying, class deadlines,assignments, and passing their exams. In fact, these factors areresponsible or creating adversity in the classrooms. One of theaspects of education that proves to be the most challenging ispassing exams, and maintaining high grades by producing high qualityterm papers and CAT (Continuous Assessment Tests) results.
Afterexperiencing adversity, a student often reacts in two ways. Somestudents see their failure or setbacks in exams as something thatcannot change while some students view failure as a challenge toperform better by the end of the year. It is important to understandthe importance of the mindset. Admittedly, a large percentage ofstudents do not realize their full potential because of experiencingsetbacks and constant pressure in class. However, such adversitiesare present to make the student more resilient for the challenges intheir work place (Dweck 3).
HowAdversities Hurt Students Learning
Whensome students fail, they develop the mentality that they cannotimprove on their grade or performance. Hence, the adversity theyexperience causes them to have a fixed mindset. Such students do notrespond positively to challenges because they believe that theycannot improve on their level of intelligence. For example, when astudent fails or makes mistakes in class, they feel demoralized. Oneof the negative outcomes is that students with fixed mindsets whoface adversities in school develop a permanent way of thinking whichinfluences their class performance in future. For example, as afreshman I experienced challenges in all my subjects. For the firstsemester, I spent the entire time developing negative attitudestowards the courses, teachers, and myself. This affected my grade forthe first part of the semester (Dweck 2).
HowAdversities Benefit Students Learning
Somestudents learn early how to respond positively to negativesituations. For instance, in the case whereby all students in a givenclass may get average scores in maths, some students will use thisexperience as a stepping-stone and learn from their mistakes.Sometimes adversities serve as a positive tool in the learningprocess of students. Such students realize that adversities areinevitable. Therefore, they develop a positive attitude, whichinfluences their mindset (Dweck 1).
Whensuch individuals face challenges or overbearing situations, they donot view it as a negative factor. Hence, they believe that theirbrain has the ability to improve its functions if they put in moreeffort. If anything, such students work harder, enhance theirinterest in school, and form better relationships with their peers.As such, adversities that students experience in school can benefitthe student and their learning in the short and the long run (Dweck5).
Forexample, after experiencing a series of low grades and averagescores, to overcome the challenges, I decided to change my mindsetand attitude towards my capabilities and learning as a whole. Tochange this dynamic, I surrounded myself with people who had apositive mindset. Hence, my grades improved and since then, I havedeveloped endurance, coping mechanisms, and intellect that I did nothave before the challenges (Dweck 1).
Allstudents are prone to adversities during their period in school. Bylearning how the brain works, they can use their knowledge to use theadversity for their benefit as opposed to focusing on the negativeeffects. To achieve positive results, students must not only dependon their successes, but also on their adversities. Realizing thatsuccess is a journey that is full of adversities is critical forevery student who aspires for greatness.
Dweck,S. Carol. Transforming Students’ Motivation to Learn. BrianologyPdf. 2008, p. (1-5) Print.