Growth Mindset seems to be the buzz word for classrooms in 2017. So what is growth mindset? If you would like to read a really interesting article pop over to read this article by mindset works.
In a nutshell the word “Growth Mindset” came about when a study was done to look at children’s attitudes towards failure. They noticed during these studies that some children coped ok with failing and others went into melt down with the slightest things. Due to this study of thousands of children came the terms “fixed mindset” and “growth mindset” to describe peoples beliefs about learning and intelligence.
Teaching about Growth Mindset
Research shows that it could also depend on teaching practises that can change a students mindset! Not wanting to put more pressure on teachers! However, it is shown that when students have a growth mind set they are more likely to take on challenges and new tasks and learn from them. When students display a fixed mindset they often look for the easy way out. Can you think of some children that might fit these descriptions?
So how do we bring a fun approach to our classroom teaching about Growth Mindset? There are many programmes around now such as Programme Achieve and Values based programmes which are fantastic for Year long units!
I found this devine video called SOAR that I used with my class that gives the ideal message to take on new challenges and tasks and to learn from them! It would be a great starter video to your unit!
After watching Soar there are so many different activities you could continue on with to integrate into your programme, this video lends itself well to group discussion and follow on activities about being positive and keep trying.
Reminding children that we need to keep working on things to succeed is sooo important! Would love to know what do you do in the classroom to develop students growth mindset?