The term ‘Growth Mindset’ refers to a way of thinking, learning and taking on challenges.
A person with a Growth Mindset:
· is open to constructive criticism;
· takes on new challenges;
· (crucially) believes they can get more intelligent by working hard;
· shows resilience and perseverance;
· and learns from their mistakes.
Research shows that having a Growth Mindset can improve children's progress and attainment. As a result, we are teaching our children that by having a Growth Mindset, they can grow their brains and their intelligence!
The language we use as teachers and parents is very important in developing a child's mindset. For example, hearing an adult say that they are 'no good at maths' or 'don't have a maths brain' is very damaging – we want our children at Clerkenwell to know that with effort and hard work, they can improve at ANYTHING!
How you can help at home:
· Praise the amount of effort your child is putting in rather than how clever they are.
· Talk to your child about their brain being like a muscle - the more they exercise it, the stronger it gets.
· Encourage your child to persevere if they are finding something difficult.