A key concept which shapes the ethos of our school is based on the work of Carol Dweck. Rather than simply praising success we praise effort and persistence.
What Is Growth Mindset?
Here at St Luke’s, we believe the best thing to do is to teach children to love challenges, be intrigued by mistakes, enjoy effort, and keep on learning. For children who find work easy we make sure they encounter more difficult tasks. Our children recognise that effort, persistence and good teaching are what help them improve.
You may have heard your children talking about how they've been into "the pit" or about “Learning Lines” at school! To the right is the picture that is represented in various forms in all classrooms throughout the school and is a visual aid for the children to describe their learning journeys throughout the day. We want the children to understand that it is okay to be stuck, and that some of their best learning is done when they find things the hardest.
Year 6 Display
This approach links with how we mark work and give feedback too: we always mark giving ‘prompts for improvement’ in writing and ‘next steps’ in maths so that all learning for all children, even the very brightest, is seen as a way to grow. If children have fixed mindsets they find it hard to cope with failure: we teach our children to see mistakes and failure as positive. Music Learning below:
This makes for a very energetic and inclusive culture. It also has a really positive effect on our ethos and on how children approach learning and support each other for example, you won't find charts on the wall listing times table results in rank order or stars for behaviour; we don’t have set ability groups that are fixed for the year; children strive to improve their PB (personal best) in times table tests rather than seeing coming top as the goal.
- We remember it’s always OK to make mistakes – we learn from them
- We never give up! We try a different approach, or use a different strategy
- We learn from each other
- We don’t compare ourselves with others, but we do learn from others
- We challenge ourselves – which really helps us make progress
- We take risks – we don’t limit ourselves by taking the easy option
- We join in as much as possible – and we learn much more by being involved
- We remember that mastering something new feels so much better than doing something you can already do
- We remember that the brain is making new connections all the time – the only thing you need to know is that you can learn anything!
Mindset in the classroom: Building a culture of Success and Student achievement in Schools. By Mary Cay Ricci
Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck
Mindset: Drive the Power of Habit from A Fixed Mindset to A Growth Mindset [Kindle Edition]
Mindset: How You Can Fulfil Your Potential by Dweck, Carol (2012)
Carol Dweck: The Effect of Praise on Mindsets
An interview and over view of Fixed and Growth Mindset.
Growth Mindset – Carol Dweck’s website