In Spring 2016 we started talking to the children about the importance of having a growth mindset. Having a growth mindset means you do not give up when faced with a challenge, with the belief that intelligence can be grown.
Based on the work of Prof Carol Dweck we have planned a series of assemblies and lessons gradually introducing the idea to the children.
Week 1 - How the brain works
Week 2 - How good a challenge can be
Week 3 - Mistakes are good
Week 4 -The importance of feedback
Week 5- I can't do it...YET!
Week 6-Putting in the effort - having grit
A large part of this project is for us as adults to think about the language we will use with the children. Instead of hearing us say, "Clever boy!" which can promote a fixed mindset (I'm clever so I don't need to try) you will hear us say some of the following:
We have introduced two puppets to the children to help them understand the different behaviours of a fixed and growth mindset.