At St. Bernard's Catholic Primary School we are always looking at ways to develop the learning skills of the children in our care. We encourage the children to use the POWER of their mind and have a GROWTH MINDSET approach to learning. We even have themed assemblies dedicated to this principle of learning - it's about your child having a positive attitude to their education!
GROWTH MINDSET is based around the research of Professor Carol Dweck who talks about the ultimate POWER of our mindset or our beliefs especially around CHALLENGE and how we cope with CHALLENGES that life puts in front of us. We can either have a fixed mindset where we let failure (even success) determine who we are, or we can develop a GROWTH MINDSET - seeing setbacks and challenges as opportunities to grow and improve our ourselves and our knowledge.
Professor Dweck states, "In a fixed mindset pupils believe their basic abilities, their intelligence, their talents, are just fixed traits. They have a certain amount and that's that, and their goal becomes to look smart all the time and never look silly. In a growth mindset pupils understand that their talents and abilities can be developed through effort, good teaching and persistence. They don't necessarily think everyone's the same or anyone can be Einstein, but they believe everyone can get smarter if they work at it."
GROWTH MINDSET - intelligence can be developed and leads to a desire to learn more and therefore a tendency to:
- Embrace challenge
- Persist in the face of setbacks
- See effort as a path to success
- Learn from constructive critical feedback
- Find lessons and inspiration in the success of others AS A RESULT of having a GROWTH MINDSET pupils can match ever-higher levels of success and achievement.
FIXED MINDSET - intelligence is static and you can have a tendency to:
- Avoid challenge
- Give up easily
- See effort as fruitless or worse
- Ignore useful constructive critical feedback
- Feel threatened by the success of others. As a result of having a FIXED MINDSET pupils may plateau early and not achieve their full potential.
As a result, we aim to teach our children that they can grow their brains and intelligence and achieve anything they want! Staff in school are making sure that the children are aware of how much more they can achieve with a GROWTH MINDSET. Hearing a consistent message is important and we would like to encourage you to try some of the following ideas at home:
- PRAISE the amount of effort your child is putting into things, rather than how clever they are
- DISCUSS errors and mistakes and help your child to see them as OPPORTUNITIES to learn and improve.
- TALK to your child about their brain being like a muscle - the more they use it, the stronger it gets.
- ENCOURAGE your child to PERSEVERE if they are finding something difficult.
- CHALLENGE your child to try something new or challenging.
Take a look at the clip below and get more of a GROWTH MINDSET insight
click on the virtue tree