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Becoming a growth mindset school. The idea of becoming a growth mindset school has been over a year in the making.

Becoming a growth mindset school

Our Headteacher bought each member of SLT a copy of Mindset for Christmas, and it was the main agenda item at our annual senior team conference. Today I launched the idea of becoming a growth mindset school to all staff at our INSET day. This is the basis of the presentation I did. Our INSET session was for all staff – teaching, support, administrative, catering, site, network, technicians – everyone! It was essential for us, if we’re going to begin the process of shifting the culture of the school, that all staff are working together as one coherent team.

What is Growth Mindset? Professor Carol Dweck and “Mindset” Growth Mindset is the idea Professor Carol Dweck, the Lewis and Virginia Eaton Professor of Psychology at Stanford University. Dweck’s approach to mindset was sparked by her own experience of education. The Science behind Growth Mindset Establishing a growth mindset works in just the same way.

Speak2future : "If I could do my GCSEs again,... Observation of colleagues. I have been a teacher of Economics for six months, a Headteacher for 9 years and, at the age of 48, this much I know about having my lesson graded Good when I felt it was Outstanding!

observation of colleagues

Above all else Headteachers have to be able to teach, really well. It was my Performance Development lesson observation yesterday. We call it Performance Development rather than Management, and certainly would never use Appraisal. If you spend an hour observing a colleague teach and then 30 minutes giving feedback it has to be a developmental experience or it doesn’t benefit the individual or the school. SLT have to teach what’s required when the Curriculum and Staffing Plans are being drawn up, within reason. Economics is a sexy subject right now. If you teach Economics make sure you follow Geoff Riley @tutor2u_econ; he’s a god! You cannot plan lessons more than a day or two ahead. Being truly great in every lesson is the ultimate aspiration.

Don’t over-plan lessons! Budget 2013 at a glance Budget comments. Charakteristics of successful people. Should you praise innate talent? - Blog. ...or the capacity to learn? Do you praise your students’ outcomes or the process of their learning? Is one more effective than the other? Can either be damaging to progress? Education in this country is often criticised as being dominated by a culture of teaching to the test; seeing those who achieve A*’s as the successful and those with C’s as ‘satisfactory which, if you use Ofsted speak, is a disappointment!

What about those A* students who didn’t try particularly hard but have a natural talent for doing well in academic examinations? The right mind-set for success A HBR podcast I listened to a while ago triggered these thoughts. People who have a growth mind-set are those who are not concerned about making mistakes, challenge themselves, persevere despite setbacks. People with a fixed mind-set are often the people who excelled at school; have regularly been praised on the outcomes of work and exams; have high expectations put upon them by others and themselves. Heathly Confusion. Bounce - how champions are made. Test Your Mindset.