This growth mindset package will empower students by building their learning capability.
Children can often find learning a challenge and as a result may just give up and consequently think of themselves as lacking the capabilty to be successful. For some children, being in school can feel like one of failure rather than a positive learning experience.
The pionnering work of Dr.Carol Dweck has introdued the concept of growth mindset, that intelligence can be developed and is not fixed. Children can learn that by making an effort and practising they can make progress. This takes away the fear of failure and celebrates making mistakes as part of the learning process.'Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow'
Anthony J D'Angelo
The key concepts are introduced to pupils over eight learning sessions. Each session has a set of teacher guidance notes for planning, a PowerPoint and a student workbook.
The sessions include:
1. An Introduction to Learning - Exploring the concept of learning as well as recognising strengths & areas for development.
2. Learning Attitudes - Understanding the differences between mindsets & exploring how to develop a growth mindset.
3. Neuroscience - Understanding how the brain works & the link to learning.
4. Learning Zones - Understanding of what makes learning challenging. Exploring the value of making mistakes & strategies on how to face challenges.
5. Motivation & Language - Understanding the impact of using growth mindset language on motivation & learning.
6. Personal Challenges - Understanding how a growth mindset is helpful in taking on challenges.
7. Feedback - Understanding the purpose of growth mindset feedback & how to use it.
8. Integrating the Learning - Identifying & implementing strategies to embed growth mindset learning.
The benefits of the programme include, improving self esteem, building the capacity to learn, greater individual aspirations, more collaborative learning through effective feedback and developing strategies and motivation to encourage life long learning.
"The G.R.O.W. model has been used as part of a school behaviour strategy. Each of the 4 steps were easily understood by the children because of the simple and specific questioning approach. It was useful to then share The G.R.O.W. model with parents in order to reinforce the strategy."
Treorchy Primary School
"We have seen a positive impact on all children who worked on the coaching program. During work, in all areas of the curriculum, they have demonstrated improved resilience and they now have a toolkit of strategies to work through the challenges of daily life in a school day. We have also seen an impact in the social interactions of the children during playtime and lunchtimes, with children using a coaching method to support peers through social difficulties."
Rudston Primary School
"My group of learners enjoyed the mind-mapping activities. A particularly successful session involved the children working in mixed ability groups. They were focused and engaged on the activity and once they had a sound understanding of the purpose of the mind mapping techniques were used for more complex subjects and topics."
"We adapted the principles of The Chimp Paradox in order to differentiate for younger learners. The main learning for the children was to realise that their negative self talk can prevent them from making progress and they can choose positive self talk. All children of all abilities were able to understand, articulate and use personal positive self talk examples."
"The concentration ideas and resources were valuable when I had a group of learners with short concentration spans. Games are always powerful tools for learning but these specific games helped my group of learners who were finding concentrating difficult. They settled immediately during registration, they knew what they needed to do and they found success which further promoted longer concentration."
"The resilience strategies have enabled the children to recognise steps to success. As a result they have made excellent progress through their personal effort. As a school we intend to celebrate the progress made by individuals by giving resilience awards."
Treorchy Primary School