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 feedback and uses it, takes on new challenges, pushes themselves outside of their comfort zone and shows resilience and perseverance.
Studies show that people with a growth mindset (as opposed to a fixed mindset) achieve well in life, are successful in all they do and are happy. Of course, this is exactly what we want for all of our children at Walford.
Key Aspects of Growth Mindset at Walford Primary School
Embrace ‘growth mindset’ language
We are working on modifying our language to avoid fixed mindset messages and encourage growth mindset. You can help and support the schools work at home by making the following language changes…
That’s interesting, what made you think in that way?
Tell me about it - how did you decide what to do?
I’m sure if we look at it together, we can work out a solution.
Challenges are good because you know your brain is having to work hard.
If you keep trying, I think you’ll be able to do it.
I can’t yet.