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The fishhead computer club is a privately held, private club and fraternal organization. Much like the other private clubs such as Moose, BPOE, Kiwanis, etc.. The fishhead's are simply individuals who's brains are developed. Fish has long been associated with omega-3 fat which is the building block of brain cognitive function, growth and cell repair.
Fish has long been the go-to brain food. Although the song is cute, it is not associated with this club. Does this mean you have to take an IQ test to become a member? No, but a certain amount of computer savvy traits go a long way.
Our mission is to provide growth through education and community.
Over 30 years ago, Carol Dweck and her colleagues became interested in students attitudes about failure. They noticed that some students rebounded while other students seemed devastated by even the smallest setbacks. After studying the behavior of thousands of children, Dr. Dweck coined the terms fixed mindset and growth mindset to describe the underlying beliefs people have about learning and intelligence. When students believe they can get smarter, they understand that effort makes them stronger. Therefore they put in extra time and effort, and that leads to higher achievement.
Recent advances in neuroscience have shown us that the brain is far more malleable than we ever knew. Research on brain plasticity has shown how connectivity between neurons can change with experience. With practice, neural networks grow new connections, strengthen existing ones, and build insulation that speeds transmission of impulses. These neuroscientific discoveries have shown us that we can increase our neural growth by the actions we take, such as using good strategies, asking questions, practicing, and following good nutrition and sleep habits.
At the same time that these neuroscientific discoveries were gaining traction, researchers began to understand the link between mindsets and achievement. It turns out, if you believe your brain can grow, you behave differently. So the researchers asked, "Can we change mindsets? And if so, how?" This began a series of interventions and studies that prove we can indeed change a person's mindset from fixed to growth, and when we do, it leads to increased motivation and achievement. For example, 7th graders who were taught that intelligence is malleable and shown how the brain grows with effort showed a clear increase in math grades.
In addition to teaching kids about malleable intelligence, researchers started noticing that teacher practice has a big impact on student mindset, and the feedback that teachers give their students can either encourage a child to choose a challenge and increase achievement or look for an easy way out. For example, studies on different kinds of praise have shown that telling children they are smart encourages a fixed mindset, whereas praising hard work and effort cultivates a growth mindset. When students have a growth mindset, they take on challenges and learn from them, therefore increasing their abilities and achievement.
What does growth mindset teaching look like in the real world? When we take the research out of the laboratory and into the classroom, we see amazing results. One such case study is Fiske Elementary School. With a diverse student population of English language learners and special education students, the administrators at Fiske infused growth mindset into the school culture by starting with teacher mindsets. Teachers took part in a Mindset book study the first year of implementation, and completed the MindsetMaker™ online professional development the second year. While state test scores in math remained stagnant, Fiske Elementary saw amazing growth, which they attributed to a growth mindset teacher practices and culture shift.
We are not in elementary school anymore and many of us no longer have steady teachers. But that doesn't mean we can't still have a growth mindset to work on. We are fishhead's after all and brain power development is at the crux of our existence as a community.
In fact, I feel it is the most important part. We can not grow and educate ourselves without the help of our peers. Learning high level computer skills is a wonderful way to increase cognitive capacity and strengthen the mindset. It is not enough to be smart, you have to want to be smarter. This is how some citizens get so much more out a personal computer than others. We are those people, or at least we want to be. Thus the fishhead computer club is born.