A key concept which shapes the ethos of our school is growth mindsets based on the work of Carol Dweck and Katherine Muncaster.
Children need to be prepared for an ever changing world. The teaching of mindsets builds resilience and the desire to learn, to challenge themselves and to encourage others- all of which are necessary for our children’s future success.
We believe the best thing to do is to teach children to love challenges, be intrigued by mistakes, enjoy effort, and keep on learning. For children who find work easy we make sure they encounter more difficult tasks. Our children recognise that effort, persistence and good teaching are what help them improve .
This approach links with how we mark work and give feedback too: we always mark giving ‘prompts for improvement’ and ‘next steps’ so that all learning for all children is seen as a way to grow. If children have fixed mindsets they find it hard to cope with failure: we teach our children to see mistakes and failure as positive. During Golden Book assembly, children are also rewarded for using their learning muscles in a variety of contexts. This makes for a very energetic and inclusive culture. It also has a really positive effect on our ethos and on how children approach learning and support each other.
A quote from Carol Dweck:
“In a fixed mindset students believe their basic abilities, their intelligence, their talents, are just fixed traits. They have a certain amount and that’s that, and then their goal becomes to look smart all the time and never look dumb. In a growth mindset students understand that their talents and abilities can be developed through effort, good teaching and persistence. They don’t necessarily think everyone’s the same or anyone can be Einstein, but they believe everyone can get smarter if they work at it.”You may have heard our children talking recently about how they’ve been developing a ‘Growth Mindset’ at school. Every class has been looking at and learning about the two types of mindsets that children and adults can have, a ‘fixed’ mindset and a ‘growth’ mindset.
At Front Street every class has been looking at and learning about the two types of mindsets that children and adults can have, a ‘fixed’ mindset and a ‘growth’ mindset.
Below is an overview of the traits of each:
I like my work to be easy
I don’t like to try a challenge
I want people to praise me for how clever I am
I believe I cannot change how clever I am
I don’t like to try new things because I won’t be very good at it
I give up easily
I never give up
I like my work to be difficult – it means I am learning
I love challenges
I want people to praise me for the effort I put into my work
I believe I can get more intelligent by working hard
I feel clever when I’m learning something new
I learn from my mistakes
It has been proven that having a Growth Mindset can improve children’s progress and attainment. As a result, we are teaching our children that by having a Growth Mindset they can grow their brains and intelligence and achieve anything they want!
How you can help at home
Praise the amount of effort your child is putting into things rather than how clever they are.
Talk to your children about their brain being like a muscle – the more they use it, the stronger it gets.
Encourage your children to not give up if they are finding something difficult.
Challenge your children to try something new or challenging.
If you would like more information on Growth Mindsets, please see Miss Hoult.