At our school...
.. we subscribe to the view that intelligence is not a fixed quality but something that can be grown. We believe that there are important things that educators and parents should know about in order to give all children the best chance of succeeding.
Nicholas McCarthy might not have succeeded in his quest to be a world class pianist. His head teacher told him that with one hand, he would never succeed. Luckily Nicholas's parents had a growth mindset and believed as he does that there is always a way to succeed. Listen to him here…
Carol Dweck is a world renowned psychologist working at Stanford university. She has pioneered much of the thinking and research that has gone into this aspect of learning. In the following clip, she explains why our approach to praising children can have such an important impact on their progress. Her book, "Mindset- how you can fulfil your potential," was the starting point for our parents' reading group.
Here are a set of questions she uses with people to help them to learn more about their own mindset.
Matthew Syed is an international table tennis champion. He eschews the notion that those who achieve greatness in their field do so solely because of innate ability. The story of his success is outlined in a compelling book called "Bounce." You can find out more about it in the following short film.
There's good science underpinning this work. In addition to research by people like Carol Dweck, there is physiological evidence to support the idea that sticking with studies and maintaining practise actually makes your brain grow. The following presentation was compiled for our seminar.
You don't have to be a scientist to help your children to develop growth mindsets. Mostly the secret is in the things you do every day. In this presentation, again from our seminar, it is suggested that we should, “Mind our language."-
In this new clip, Stanford professor of Maths, Jo Boaler explicitly sets out the key aspects of growth mindset that support maths development. Anyone, she contends can tackle the hardest maths.