We have realised that creating a growth Mindset in both our children and staff is the key to creating happy, successful individuals who embrace challenge, celebrate their mistakes and learn from them and finally preserve and show resilience in all they do.
We are currently involved in a two year action research project on how to improve our pupil’s mindsets. We are lucky enough to be involved in an ongoing project led by the international renowned speaker and writer James Nottingham. For more information www.jamesnottingham.co.uk/learning-pit/
What is growth mindset?
In a fixed mindset, people believe their basic qualities, like their intelligence or talent, are simply fixed traits. They spend their time documenting their intelligence or talent instead of developing them. They also believe that talent alone creates success — without effort. They’re wrong.
In a growth mindset, people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work — brains and talent are just the starting point. This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment. Virtually all great people have had these qualities.
The Learning Challenge
By giving the children challenges we hope that they will end up in the learning pit.
By this we mean that they will struggle and therefore develop the attitudes needed to find solutions, persevere and hopefully develop the characteristics of effective learning. The children are learning it is ok to wobble.
The Solo Taxonomy
Children at Highweek are encouraged to not only challenge themselves but to become independent learners.
This is a fantastic tool for both self and peer assessment and gives children a ladder of skills to work to across all curriculum areas.