Growth Mindset. What is it and how can we develop it? Can we develop it?
Over 30 years ago, Carol Dweck and her colleagues became interested in students' attitudes about failure. They noticed that some students rebounded while other students seemed devastated by even the smallest setbacks. After studying the behavior of thousands of children, Dr. Dweck coined the terms fixed mindset and growth mindset to describe the underlying beliefs people have about learning and intelligence.
In this week’s Secondary assembly, Mr Prokic, Head of Year 8, explored the theme of a growth mindset with our Key Stage 3 students and then sent them back to their Form rooms to discuss this topic further.
For example, did you know that….?
- The idea that intelligence can be developed and is not set in stone is arguably the most popular psychological theory in education at present?
- When students believe they can get smarter, they understand that effort makes them stronger? Therefore they put in extra time and effort, and that leads to higher achievement.
- The way we praise children, whether at home or in school, can have a profound impact on their mindset?