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Are your learners’ displaying a Growth Mindset?

Having a growth mindset is the most important skill we can develop and encourage in our day to day role as teachers and educators. It is our responsibility to nurture learners and help them become successful and achieve their potential. In doing so we must approach this task with an open mind, a mindset that promotes inspiration, encouragement and greater depth in learning.

It is absolutely the right thing to do in developing our own TPD and enabling our skills and abilities to flourish and grow but it is even more important that we share this within our learners. We want our students to become the best they possibly can be and we want to furnish them with the skills that will allow this to happen; therefore we must teach our students how to also be growth mindset learners.

How do we do this? You may be asking how can I possibly make this happen in a classroom setting with young people? Well, there are a few different ways.

First of all, be mindful of the vocabulary and language that you use in your classroom. Instead of closing down discussion and reflection, openly encourage students to pursue their thoughts and opinions by directing them into how they can effectively articulate and express their ideas. It is an important skill to allow students to develop oracy in our safe spaces, their classrooms. This will give them the tools for later life when they are confronted with various situation which may need challenging or changing. Let’s give our students confidence and language to do this by modelling positive approaches, open discussion and direction in how to do this effectively so that they can develop their critical thinking skills.

Another way to promote a growth mindset in the classroom is when things go wrong; instead of focussing on what has gone wrong or what is incorrect, encourage students to learn from the experience. Model how to accept error, work through the mistake and best ways to move forward through reflection and adaptation. Students will copy how you behave and grow themselves into using this strategy in the future.

Finally, use feedback. When returning work to students or responding to their efforts, explain what skills they have been successful with and which areas need to be improved. Show students how to improve and thus move forward. Don’t forget to use praise. Praise is another very powerful tool to further promote a growth mindset. Praise makes us all feel good, no matter what age we may be so let’s make our students feel good and encourage them to grow.

There are many ways to develop a growth mindset and it is something we explore in detail on our Teach2030 TPD platform especially within the dedicated courses of the same name.

Introduce a growth mindset to your students and your classroom today.

Embrace teacher professional development with a Growth Mindset with Teach2030

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Growth Mindsets for Teachers and Learners: Part 1

Get to grips with growth mindsets to create a positive and productive approach to learning in your classroom.

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Growth Mindsets for Teachers and Learners Part 2

Make sure you are using growth mindset language with this informative and helpful course.

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Embracing Teacher Professional Development with a Growth Mindset

Embracing Teacher Professional Development is important. This workshop series will explore why teachers must continually improve their skillset, what it means to have a growth mindset and strategies on how to develop this in a classroom.