Growth Mindset & The 4 R's
What is Growth Mindset?
The concept of growth mindset has been around for a while. It was developed by Professor Carol Dweck and her research demonstrates - A growth mindset thrives on challenge and sees failure “not as evidence of unintelligence but as a heartening springboard for growth and for stretching our existing abilities.” They found that children who pushed through challenges believed they could improve. Children who pulled back from challenges believed their abilities could not improve.
At Meadow Primary we empower our children to develop their own growth mindset and to have a positive attitude to life and learning. Through their journey at Meadow, we teach our children that having a growth mindset means more than just accepting feedback and being open-minded. It is about taking feedback, learning from experience, and coming up with strategies for improving. It is believing that even if you fail at something, you can still succeed.
What are the 4R's for learning behaviour?
Although we think that it is important that children learn new skills and knowledge, we also want them to learn to be better at learning itself. The Four R's of Learning are four words which describe things that we need to have to be successful learners, whatever type of learning we are doing.
This approach encourages and enables our children to:
- Create a learning culture in which we all strive to become better learners
- Use clear labels to develop a better understanding of learning processes
- Approach difficulties in learning without fear of failure
- Become more confident and ambitious
The 4R's are allowing us to develop a common language for learning across the school. The language is used in all classrooms, with all children.