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Growth Mindset Learning

 

At High Wycombe Church of England School we work hard to promote a Growth Mindset in our children. Take a look below to see what this means and how this works at HWCE. 

 

Miss Jones

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What is a Growth Mindset?

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Change Your Words... Change Your Mindset...

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Learning Pits

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HWCE Learning Behaviours

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At HWCE we decided on a set of learning behaviours to focus on weekly that will help our children become better learners. 

 

Monday morning:

◦Learning behaviour focus for the week launched in classes

◦Launched with a stimulus e.g. a story, song, picture

◦Stimulus discussed (how it links to the learning  behaviour, how it can help us improve that behaviour)

◦Inspirational Quote shared and discussed in relation to learning behaviour

 

Focus in lessons:

◦It is a focus for all lessons that week

◦Discussed at start of lesson – How could we achieve this today

◦Discussed at end of lesson – What did we do to achieve this

 

Friday collective worship

◦Celebration of achievement

◦Teachers all share how a child in their class has achieved the learning behaviour and they are presented with a certificate

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Teaching Growth Mindsets

 

Discrete Teaching in September:

  • Fixed vs Growth Mindset
  • Change your words… Change your mindset
  • How the brain works
  • Learning Pits
  • What makes a good learner
  • Mindset Manifesto

 

Discrete Teaching - Brain Awareness Days:

3 days a year

Day 1 – How We Learn…

◦Visual, Auditory, Kinaesthetic

◦Left or right Brained

◦Different ways of thinking

Day 2 – Celebrating Achievement

◦We are all SMART – The 9 ‘SMARTS’

◦Celebrating differences

◦Monthly achievement collective worship certificates

Day 3 - Memory

◦How memory works

◦How to improve memory

 

Discrete Teaching - Growth Mindset Lessons:

  • 6 lessons per year – 1 per half term
  • Building a growth Mindset from year R to 6

 

Embedded Approach to Learning:

  • Learning behaviour focus weekly in lessons
  • I can't do it yet.. when children find things hard
  • Change your words... in all lessons
  • Use of learning pits in lessons
  • Philosophy discussions 
  • Superhero Challenge in Maths - Children choose the level of challenge that suits them

 

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Philosophy

 

Here are some of the principles that underlie philosophy for children. They are based around helping children and young people become more thoughtful, curious and reasonable. 

 

  • Good thinking is learned from dialogue with others.
  • Children need to take part in dialogues that provide examples and models of good thinking .
  • Claims should be tested in argument. Argument is seen not as a quarrel but as a collaborative search for the best answer to a question.
  • To think well is to be creative as well as critical. Creative thinkers make connections, speculate and explore alternatives.
  • Good thinking depends on attitudes as well as abilities. Children should be encouraged to be reasonable in the fullest sense of the word.
  • People make sense of the the world though a web of concepts. We should talk with children about significant concepts.
  • It is good for children and adults to talk together about philosophical questions — questions that matter and that link thinking about one area of experience to thinking about experience as a whole.

 

Philosophy is designed to enable to develop children's thinking in the following ways:

  1. Encourage Questioning
  2. Develop Concepts through open ended discussions
  3. Encourage dialogue and positive argument
  4. Work for reasonableness through enquiry 

 

 

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Famous Failures - These People Showed a Growth Mindset... Can You?

http://this-video-recommends.info/on/famous-failures ((( Get The Inspiring Book On Famous Failures))) Inspiring video on persevering no matter how many times...

It’s ok to fail and not get everything right first time… But a good learner never gives up!

 

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Giraffes Can't Dance - Gerald Shows a Growth Mindset - Can You?

One of my video 2 projects. We had to pick a children's story book and use the pictures and do voiceovers to make the story a video. It came out pretty well I guess! All music is mine! Credit of book is to the mentioned Author and Publisher!

Christian Value Links

 

Hope - Determined - Believing you can do it!

Respect - Supportive of Others, Enquiring, Listening Well, Effective Communicators, Open Minded

Friendship - Supportive of Others, Positive, Critical Thinkers

Thankfulness - Resourceful, Open Minded

Trust - Risk Takers, Challenging Ourselves, Confident, Independent 

Forgiveness - Self-Motivated, Open Minded

Peace - Patience, Self-Motivated, Effective Communicators

Service - Listening Well, Effective Communicators

Compassion - Supportive of Others, Positive, Listening Well

 

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