Growth Mindset


I want to share a video with you.  Keep with it.  As you watch, ask yourself these questions:

  1. Do I have a fixed or a growth mindset?
  2. How do I know?
  3. What tools do I have available to me to enable me to have a Growth Mindset in relation to my teaching and professional learning?

I love the idea of a growth mindset and I believe I have witnessed the power of it in my own classroom and in relation to my own learning too. Growth is important, it’s what makes life interesting. It’s certainly what makes my career fascinating.  There’s no way that I have ever considered myself to be the proverbial ‘fountain of all knowledge’.  Even when I’ve been given labels and grades for my ability as a teacher I have never thought “Ah, well that’s that then. I’ve fulfilled my potential. I’m done at growing.”.  Not even for a second.

I’ve just spent months writing a specification for quality teaching.  However,  there are no grades, no labels, no boxes or hoops attached to it.  There are just possibilities, possibilities shaped, I hope, by the community here on Reflect Growth.  Personally, I believe that assessment needs a measuring stick.  Something to aim for, then something to better, to beat, to exceed.  What I’ve written is designed to start the discussion off.  To help us to form the language of a growth mindset, to give us a language we can use to enable us to take charge of our growth.; words that we can use to challenge our “Fixed mindset voice”.
fAILI don’t believe that rubrics, or even standardised testing are bad things.  I believe that what we do with the results of those things is bad. Labelling, grading and placing on a scale means you are encouraging the fixed mindset.   That is most definitely NOT what we’re trying to do here with Reflect Growth! Instead, we want to enable and encourage the ability to look at the feedback from an assessment, explore our strengths and weaknesses, set ourselves targets for growth and use our skills to develop the growth of others. We will become a truly powerful community of learners who are shaping, developing and growing practice together.

“If you fail, never give up because F.A.I.L. means “first Attempt In Learning”
End is not the end, if fact E.N.D. means “Effort Never Dies”
If you get No as an answer, remember N.O. means “Next Opportunity”.
So Let’s be positive.
– A.P.J. Abdul Kalam
How about you?  What were the answers to your three questions?



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