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Growth Mindset at St Matthew's

At St Matthew's we are taking part in a new project, led by our Key Stage 1 and 2 leaders Miss Walker and Mr Parker, called Growth Mindset. Welcome to the pit!



You may have heard your children talking about how they've been into "the pit" at school! Above is the picture that is displayed 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. 

Below is some further information about Growth Mindset and what it means to us at St Matthew's, including some examples of motivational quotes displayed around school and the powerpoint presentation from the parents' evening and morning on Growth Mindset. There is also a response to the feedback that we received from these parents' meetings, as well as some further reading on the subject.

As part of Growth Mindset Day this year we invited in 4 Time Ironman World Champion, and current Ironman World record holder, Chrissie Wellington MBE to talk to the children about her life and what it takes to be successful, whether it be academically or in the sporting world. The children were thoroughly inspired by her, with many of them saying that they were now eager to take on a triathlon challenge.

 


 

Book list:

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]

Anna L. Matthews

Mindset: How You Can Fulfil Your Potential by Dweck, Carol (2012)

Your Fantastic Elastic Brain Hardcover – December 13, 2010  by JoAnn Deak Ph.D. (Author), Sarah Ackerley (Illustrator)


Websites:

Carol Dweck: The Effect of Praise on Mindsets

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TTXrV0_3UjY

An interview and over view of Fixed and Growth Mindset.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/02/carol-dweck-mindset_n_3696599.html

Growth Mindset – Carol Dweck’s website

http://mindsetonline.com/abouttheauthor/


 
Picture 1 Growth mindset display in school.
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