To begin the year we have been talking about the difference between a fixed and growth mindset.
Mindsets are beliefs about yourself and your most basic qualities. Think about your intelligence, your talents, your personality. Are these qualities simply fixed traits, carved in stone and that’s that? Or are they things you can grow throughout your life?
We started by writing down in red pen something we feel we can not do, or are not good at. We discussed what the red pen symbolizes, which for most people is the colour people use to mark something incorrect.
We then looked at the two different mindsets.
Refers to the belief that our basic qualities (intellegience and skills) are fixed traits which can not be changed. The way the students feel about their comment is a fixed mindset approach. People with a fixed mindset believe they are born with whatever smarts or talents they have and if your not good at something naturally you can’t develop it much.
People with a growth mindset, see their qualities as things that can be developed through their dedication and effort. They’re happy if they’re brainy or talented, but that’s just the starting point. They understand that no one has ever accomplished great things without years of passionate practice and learning.
We then brainstormed some words people might use and say to themselves if they have a fixed mindset. These sayings are often negative and make us feel sad and sometimes even angry.
Mrs. Baldwin explained that it is ok to make mistakes and they are important to make because that shows we are learning and challenging ourselves. The key is we need to be persistent and patient and never give up. This is the only way our brain will continue to grow and allow us to the best possible versions of ourselves.
Next we got our phrases we wrote in red pen and ripped them up because when we have a growth mindset we will achieve whatever it is that we write down, we just need to keep trying and be persistent!
We have been watching a series of videos on the Class Dojo site that have explained to us about growth mindset. Check them out here!
Finally we created a display where we worked in groups to decide what we could do if a negative thought enters our mind when trying to do something. These look fantastic outside our room in the corridor!
Why do you think it is important to have a growth mindset?
What words or phrases can you say to yourself when you are stuck or make a mistake?
Can you give an example when you have made a mistake and never gave up until you succeeded? How did you feel?