Through the eye of a perfectionist, little effort feels smart. Perfect scores confirm intelligence.
Mistakes are not discussed — avoided at all costs, and errors indicate flaws. They are reminders that maybe one is not as smart as he or she originally thought.
Perfectionism in a student often times produces a vicious cycle of the student trying harder and harder to achieve unrealistic goals and never feeling good about his or her efforts.
It’s a mindset that educators at Clinton-Massie Local Schools hopes to change, by supporting perfectionists with a perspective shift known as a mindset makeover.
At 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 4, Clinton-Massie Elementary School will host a Mindset Makeover parent seminar. While the event is free and open to the Massie community, if you plan to attend please RSVP at http://bit.ly.CMrsvp .
Seminar presenter Jen Molitor, CM Gifted Intervention Specialist through the Southern Ohio ESC, will share simple strategies that parents can implement with perfectionists of any age so that they value struggle, learn from mistakes, and take pride in effort — even when it’s not perfect.
Information for this article was provided by Diana Miller, who coordinates communications at several area schools.