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 What is growth mind set?


Over 30 years ago, Carol Dweck and her colleagues became interested in students' attitudes about failure. They noticed that some students rebounded while other students seemed devastated by even the smallest setbacks. After studying the behavior of thousands of children, Dr. Dweck coined the terms fixed mindset and growth mindset to describe the underlying beliefs people have about learning and intelligence. When students believe they can get smarter, they understand that effort makes them stronger. Therefore they put in extra time and effort, and that leads to higher achievement.


Growth mindset at Marnel

Over the past year, as a school, we have been focusing on teaching the children about the theory behind growth mindset in order to help them come to understand that making mistakes during the learning process is not only natural but that it actually helps the brain to grow. We aim to teach our pupils that effort and resilience our pupils are  the two most important aspects of learning - the more effort that is put into a challenging task, the more likely you are to succeed. By focusing on the 'power of yet' our  pupils are beginning to realise that just because they may fail at something initially, it certainly does not mean that they will not achieve it with increased effort. The children automatically refer to the language of growth mindset when working with their learning partners to encourage them and are used to using the 'learning pit' as a tool during the learning process. 



***Well done to our Year 5 and Year 6’s who played a mini tournament against St. Marks on Wednesday 12th June.***Our Year 4’s thoroughly enjoyed their trip to Bournemouth beach and Oceanarium on Wednesday 12th June.*** Upcoming events in school......***Year 3's will be continuing their swimming lessons every Tuesday and Thursday until 4th July.***Nearly New Sale Thursday 20th June at 3:15pm.***Residential Meeting for current Year 5 parents will be held on Thursday 20th June at 6pm.***Sports Week 2019 will be held Monday 24th-Friday 28th June.***