What is Growth Mindset?
The term 'growth mindset' refers to a way of thinking, learning and taking on challenges. A Growth mindset begins with us all – What do we do when things become difficult?
Research shows a strong relationship between mindset and achievement. When we have a growth mindset we understand that our brain is like a muscle that gets stronger and works better the more it is exercised. Having a growth mindset means embracing the idea that failure is an essential step to learning and success. Every time we work hard, stretch ourselves and learn something new our brain forms new connections and over time makes us smarter!
'If I want to get full marks on my spelling test or know all my times tables, then I must practise them everyday.'
We have begun introducing the concept of a growth mindset to the children through a variety of ways such as: creating posters and displays, use of videos and games and changing some of our questioning and praising techniques.
Here are some relevant and useful references for further reading:
For sharing with your child
Your Fantastic Elastic Brain’, J. Deak & S. Ackerley
‘I Can’t do This’, K.J. Walton
‘The Dot’, Peter H. Reynolds
Growth Mindsets: help your child try new things