The second part of our Inset was on growth and fixed mindsets. Having researched how other schools had launched this, I put together a presentation for the teachers. We then looked at what our next steps as a school would be and what our school would look like when everything was fully embedded.
Everyone is definitely on board. Our work with Diana Pardoe has already paved our way for this, so it is the natural next step.
Today I followed up with a school assembly about growth mindset. In September I had used the story, Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae to illustrate growth mindset. So the children are already familiar with the concept. However, today I used the fable of the Hare and the Tortoise to further explain the concept. I followed up with a video about grit, perseverance and resilience found here:
The children are very familiar with these key terms as they link in with what we call our ‘purple learners.’ These are children who challenge themselves and constantly step out of their comfort zones to learn new concepts. This has now weaved itself into our marking policy – we now have ‘Purple Polishing Pens’ for children to show how they have improved their work and responded to feedback.
It is exciting to begin seeing all the pieces of the jigsaw being put together……it is our vision and school development plan coming to fruition, but it is much clearer to see how far we have come in just over a year.
I’m looking forward to linking up with more schools who are implementing the ethos of growth mindset and working alongside them to share ideas and good practice. Let’s see where this journey takes us!