At Southroyd we believe firmly in high expectations for all children and part of our work on this is developing the mindset of children. You may have heard your child talk about having a growth mindset and how important this is for progress and success. Here is a handy guide to explain how this works:
What is Growth Mindset?
Growth Mindset is a concept that was developed by Carol Dweck.
Growth Mindset is the belief that a person’s abilities and intelligence can be developed through practice, perseverance, determination and motivation
What is a Fixed Mindset?
Fixed Mindset is the idea that intelligence and ability alone will lead to success. People with a Fixed Mindset believe that these things are fixed and cannot be developed or improved upon. They believe that you are either born with it or not, and nothing can change that.
How can help I my child develop a Growth Mindset?
• Discuss errors and mistakes and help your children to see them as opportunities to learn and improve
• Encourage deliberate practice and targeted effort.
• Praise carefully – not for intelligence but for effort
• Encourage high challenge tasks to grow those brain cells! (see overleaf for more ideas)
Children who have a Growth Mindset are more likely to:
· learn from their mistakes;
· be motivated to succeed;
· put in more effort
· take on challenges;
· take risks; · seek feedback;
· learn more;
· demonstrate resilience.
Why is having a Growth Mindset important?
There has been much research about Growth Mindset and Fixed Mindset. It is believed that:
Children who have a Fixed Mindset are more likely to:
· fear failure;
· give up on tasks they feel are too difficult;
· ignore feedback;
· avoid challenges;
· feel threatened by the success of others.