Growth Mindset at Redlands
The growth mindset culture at Redlands has helped both staff and children consider learning in a different way. The children understand that in order to learn they must be brave and make mistakes, and this allows them to tackle challenges they wouldn't have attempted before.
We truly believe a fixed mindset is a huge barrier to learning. A mindset can be changed whatever the age of a person, but the younger the child is when a growth mindset is fostered, the better the child's chance of success now and in later life.
At Redlands we are currently working towards a learning culture where:
- Pupils have self-belief and know how to learn
- Teachers have high expectations and believe that ALL pupils can succeed
- There is pupil involvement at the planning and development stage of learning
- Pupils know learning objectives and are involved in generating success criteria
- There is discussion about what excellence looks like
- There is effective questioning
- There are talk partners and classroom discussion
- There is effective self, peer and teacher feedback.
What matters most, in terms of motivation, is whether we see ability as ‘fixed’ (an entity learner) or ‘growth’ (an incremental learner). Those with a ‘fixed’ mindset will only tackle tasks which they know, in advance, they will succeed at. Those with a ‘growth’ mindset will not only willingly tackle difficult tasks, but will actively thrive on them.
Our aim must be to develop a growth mindset for all our pupils, for ourselves and for all adults involved in working with children.