At Esh C E, we believe our children need to be prepared for an ever changing world. We are introducing the concept of ‘Growth Mindsets’ to our children. The teaching of mindsets builds resilience and the desire to learn allows children to challenge themselves and to encourage others – all of which are necessary for our children’s future success.
We are going to be looking at and learning about the two types of mindsets that children and adults can have; a ‘fixed’ mindset and a ‘growth’ mindset.
Below is an overview of the traits;
Fixed Mindset Growth Mindset
I’m not good at this. I can’t do this yet.
I give up. I’ll use some of the strategies I have learnt.
I made a mistake. This was my first attempt at learning.
This is too hard. If something is hard, it means I’m learning.
I will never be as clever as them. I’m going to find out how they do that.
I can’t do this. This is going to take time and effort to master.
I can’t make this any better. Improvements can always be made.
You can help your child at home by praising the amount of effort your child is putting into things rather than how clever they are. Talk to your child about their brain being like a muscle and the more they use it, the stronger it gets. Encourage your child not to give up even if they are finding something difficult and challenge them to try something new.
The children read the story ‘Giraffes Can’t Dance’ by Giles Andreae. In the story Gerald, a giraffe, feels terrible because he can’t dance. Class 1 created some top tips for Gerald to achieve success. The children knew with some motivation, a positive attitude and lots of effort Gerald would wow all the other animals with his dance skills at the Jungle Ball.