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Growth Mindset

At Spofforth School developing the children's learning skills and learning mindset is as important to us as the curriculum content that is central to their academic learning.

What is all this Growth Mindset business?

Mindset Matters

The distinguishing feature of geniuses is their passion and dedication to their craft, and particularly, the way in which they identify, confront, and take pains to remedy their weaknesses (Good, Rattan, & Dweck, 2008).

In other words...

It’s not what you are born with that matters; it’s your mindset that matters.

Often pupils and parents and sometimes teachers believe the brain is static, leading them to think talent and giftedness are permanent, unchanging personal attributes that automatically bring later success.

As a school we want to challenge that thinking.  We want our children to understand that;

The brain is like a muscle that gets stronger and works better the more it is exercised.

Every time you work hard, stretch yourself and learn something new your brain forms new connections and over time you actually become a more effective and more skilled learner.

 

Growth Mindset Talk

I can learn anything I want to

When I’m frustrated, I persevere

I want to challenge myself

When I fail, I learn

I learn from criticism and follow advice

I like to be told that I’m trying hard

If you succeed, I’m inspired

My effort and attitude determine everything

Growth mindset talk -

Fixed Mindset

Growth mindset

 

I am no good at this…………………………………………………I can’t do this yet.

I give up………………………………………………………I will use some strategies I have learnt.

It’s good enough……………………………………………..Is this my best effort yet?

I made a mistake…………………………………………………That was my first attempt at learning.

This is too hard………………………………………………….If something is hard, it means I am learning.

I am really good at maths……………………………….I understand this well because I have been       practising.

I will never be as clever as………………..……………………….I am going to find out how they do that.

I can’t do this……………………..………………………………..This is going to take some time to learn.

I can’t make this any better……………………………………..I can always get better with effort and practise.

He/She can’t do…………………………………………….……………..I am going to help them understand.

 

What can I ask my child to help them develop their growth mindset?

  • What did you do today to make you think?
  • What can you learn from this?
  • What did you learn from that mistake/situation?
  • What did you try hard at today?
  • What did/will you do to challenge yourself today?
  • What can/will you do to improve your work further?
  • How can this be solved?

 Some visual images of how to best describe a growth mindset.

 

  

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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