Encouraging growth in our learners

As I have started the school with another class of enthusiastic young students I have been thinking a lot about the ideal type of learner that I would like in my classroom. Someone recommended on Twitter that the following video is an excellent summation of fixed versus growth mindset. Having completed various activities over the last two days which required students to think about themselves as learners I thought it would a great way to start the year by discussing the fixed versus growth mindset. After all, a growth mindset would an attribute that I would have very close to the top of my ‘ideal’ learner list.

I have, what is know at school as, a ‘cluster’ class. A cluster class is simply a class of students which has a greater number of academically able students. I thoroughly enjoy working with these types of students; however, I have noticed that a number of my more academically able students tend to have a fixed mindset.These students have usually been accustomed to knowledge coming easily to them and if they don’t understand/can’t do an activity or task on the first couple of attempts they tend to give up.

Think about the massive potential that these students have to truly excel if they began to adopt a growth mindset and, when truly challenged, instead of shying away from the problem saw the opportunity as one where they could grow and learn.

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