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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' displays as a tool during the learning process. This academic year we will strive to embed the a culture of growth mindset within Marnel and all staff have now had training so they are fully equipped to use the correct language when encouraging a child who is struggling with a learning concept. As a staff we are also striving to praise effort and the learning process through our marking feedback. 



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