What is Growth Mindset?
At Kells Lane we encourage all children to have a positive attitude towards their learning. There are two types of mindsets: fixed and growth. Children (and adults!) with a fixed mindset believe that a person’s intelligence and abilities are fixed traits; something that you are born with and that you can’t really do anything about.
On the other hand, people with a growth mindset believe that intelligence and abilities can be developed through effort, persistence, trying different strategies and learning from mistakes. We aim to instil all children with a ‘growth mindset’ in order to develop their resilience, self-regulation and motivation.
The Qualities of Growth Mindset
Resilience means adapting to any situation, no matter how stressful or challenging it might be. At Kells Lane we encourage and support children in being resilient. We work with the children to develop their understanding of measuring the ‘size’ of a problem. It is important for children to develop a balance in ensuring the size of their reaction matches the size of the problem.
With a fixed mindset challenges can be overwhelming, whereas with a growth mindset challenges can be viewed as opportunities to grow and learn. At Kells Lane we encourage children to move outside of their comfort zone to attempt new things and to try new strategies. We support children to have determination and perseverance towards their learning and teach them to have a ‘have-a-go’ attitude.