The Language of Mindsets

The way we think determines all the outcomes we have; we have the ability to shape and manage our direction in life and in our career, as well as that of our learners. Therefore, the way we think has an incredibly large impact on the direction that we take – or don’t take.

The way we think absolutely shapes the way we move forward; therefore, we must allow ourselves this progress by opening our mind rather than keeping it closed. What this means is, rather than having a Fixed Mindset, where we move away from challenges or shut down avenues that develop our skills and abilities, we should instead have a Growth Mindset.

A Growth Mindset is where we believe that through effort and learning, our talents and intelligence and our knowledge and skills can be improved.

Rather than viewing challenges as something you dislike, tasks that make you feel incapable, instead we should view them as a chance to learn, to overcome difficulties and become better.

Rather than feeling threatened by others who seem more able, see it as a chance to collaborate and work together for a shared successful outcome.

Growth Minded people see setbacks as something natural and as a necessary part of the learning process; we bounce back from “failure” by increasing effort, being more determined and turning it into a learning opportunity. It is this outlook that we should practise every day and by extension show this way of thinking to our learners to increase their outcomes for success.

A Growth Mindset can only have positive effects on motivation and academic performance, whether it is our own professional development and becoming more skilled in what we do or whether we exemplify it to our learners; turn challenges into learning opportunities. When we face what seems to be an insurmountable task, rather than shy away, be growth minded and work out how to tackle the task; break it down into manageable parts so as not to feel so threatened and demotivated. Bite size tasks are more acceptable and more likely to lead to success and a feeling of achievement.

How is your mindset? Perhaps it is time to have a check in with yourself and work out if you can adapt or alter your mindset. Try our Growth Mindset course to support in developing your way of thinking.

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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.


Growth Mindsets for Teachers and Learners Part 2

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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.

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