Thursday, 13 August 2015

Growth Mindset @ Woodhill School

What is a growth mindset?   (

Many of us want our children to understand that we love them, and to believe that life can be fulfilling. Developing those beliefs will help them prosper. There is another powerful, research-based belief that will help children thrive. It is called a growth mindset.

Discovered by Stanford Professor Carol Dweck, Ph.D., a growth mindset is the belief that we can develop our abilities, including our intelligence, which is our ability to think.   
It is distinguished from a fixed mindset, which is the belief that abilities can't change, such as thinking that some people can't improve in math, creativity, writing, relationship-building, leadership, sports, and the like.

Research on the growth mindset shows that students who believe they can grow their basic abilities have greater motivation and higher achievement levels than do students who believe their abilities are fixed, and that teachers can influence students’ mindsets.         

Lots of research has shown that children with a growth mindset seek more effective learning strategies, work harder, persevere in the face of setbacks, and achieve higher competence levels. 

This term staff will be looking at why having a growth mindset is important and ways we can support our students develop a learning growth mindset. Each fortnight we will share with you suggestions and strategies that you can also use in the home. 

What does a Growth Mindset School look like?

  • Students are enthusiastic, hard-working, persistent learners. They take charge over their own success. 
  • Parents support their children’s learning both inside and outside the classroom. They partner with teachers, and respond to feedback and feed forward. They worry less about advocating for their children to get good grades and focus on making sure kids are being challenged and put in the effort needed to grow.
  • Teachers collaborate with their colleagues and instructional leaders, rather than shut their classroom doors and fly solo. They strive to strengthen their own practice, rather than blame others. They truly believe that all students can learn and succeed, and show it.

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