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Growth Mindset

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Growth mindset at Willowcroft

Grow your brain

Welcome to the Growth Mindset page. We hope this will help you to support positive attitudes towards learning and high self-esteem in children at home, just as we are doing in school.

NEW for 2017
This year as a whole school we are reading and studying 'The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.' We are using the characteristics from each of the 3 main characters; tinman;scarecrow and lion to describe, encourage and celebrate growth mindset qualitites within the children and adults.

The house point system has been changed to reflect this and are awarded, not only by any adults working with the children, but also by the children themselves who are able to nominate their peers.

The Lion - Courage and Bravery * persevering
* challenging yourself
* working through a problem
* stepping outside your comfort zone

The Scarecrow - Brain and knowledge
* making connections in your brain
* using your knowledge to support others
* being reflective
* being a problem solver

The Tinman - Heart and Kindness
* being mindful of others
* showing kindness or compassion
* being a good friend
* expressing how you feel

Nadiya on the Great British Bake Off.

How We Learn - Synapses and Neural Pathways

Robert Winston's unique explanation of how our brain works

GROWTH MINDSET

 

Grow your brain

Welcome to the Growth Mindset page. We hope this will help you to support positive attitudes towards learning and high self-esteem in children at home, just as we are doing in school.

 

Carol Dweck is one of the world’s leading researchers in the field of motivation. She focuses on why people succeed and how to foster this success in schools.

In her research on motivation and achievement, Dweck introduces the idea of Mindset. Mindsets are beliefs about yourself and your basic qualities such as your intelligence, your talents and your personality.

People with a fixed mindset believe that their traits are just given to them so people with this mindset worry about how adequate or inadequate they are instead of developing their traits. They believe that their talent alone creates success- without effort and they are reluctant to take on challenges.

People with a growth mindset, on the other hand see their traits as just the starting point and that these can be developed by dedication, hard work and effort. This view creates resilience and a love of learning.

When we encourage a Growth Mindset in children then they become enthusiastic learners. A Growth Mindset means that their intelligence can be developed which has a positive effect on their motivation and subsequently their achievement. Dweck’s research shows that we produce confident learners when we praise students for the process they engage in and not for being bright, clever or talented.

 

 

 

Dr. Carol Dweck on Fixed vs. Growth Mindsets

Dr. Carol Dweck and Eric Liu discuss Dwecks groundbreaking book, Mindset: The New Psychology of Success. One of the leading researchers in the field of motivation, Dweck explains why being smart and talented doesnt always add up to success. What is a fixed mindset, and why should you avoid it?

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