As my school dips its toes into Growth Mindset, this from Class Teaching is essential reading.
I’ve written before (lots!) about growth mindset and why I think it’s important. I think we need to be careful though. If it’s really going to make a difference, we need to think very deeply about what it really means as teachers and leaders to be supporting a growth mindset in our schools. Posters, assemblies and pictures are fine – but the way we will really make a difference to our students, in terms of developing their mindset, is the way we interact with them on a day to day basis – in particular, in the things we say to them.
To me, Tom’s description above nails it. The problem is though, the more you think about mindset, the more you start to question the way we talk to students and the way in which schools operate. A few examples follow (most of which I have used at some point in…
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