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How Growth Mindsets become “last year’s initiative” – A cautionary tale

As the 2020 school year starts, I find myself reflecting on the past few years and asking why the Growth Mindset has become “last year’s initiative”. It’s seems like only a few years ago that you couldn’t do anything in education without hearing about the Growth Mindset. Conferences weren’t complete if the keynote speakers didn’t […]

This is NOT a Growth Mindset

Usually, I try to make my blogs thoughtful and considered. I spend quite a bit of time crafting them, reflecting on them and clarifying my message. (Hopefully, you’ve noticed and appreciated that!) But not today! Today, I’m fed up. I’m frustrated. And I’m over it! Today, I want to take aim at the “wisdom of […]

Mistakes – A Free E-book About Mistakes And How To Use Them

Educators have always been interested in mistakes. However, the current interest in Mindsets has generated a new wave of interest in mistakes, their role in learning and how they relate to a student’s Mindset. Should we praise mistakes? Encourage mistakes? Avoid them? How do we correct mistakes? In short, what is all this interest in […]

How good is your hindsight?

It’s easy to feel knowledgeable about an event after it has happened. “Monday’s expert” will tell you all about how the weekend’s game was lost and how it should have been won. The best decisions or the real reasons seem obvious in retrospect. Hindsight, as they say, is 20/20. But what if it wasn’t? What […]

What’s the value of a mistake?

On its own, a mistake has no value. The value and learning potential come not from the mistake itself, but from the way we act on it. To achieve learning and extract value from a mistake, we must follow psychologist Anders Ericsson’s 3 Fs: • Focus: To recognise a learning opportunity. • Feedback: To understand […]

Mistakes and other Signposts for Learning

There’s a lot of talk these days about mistakes. We now know the important role mistakes have in learning. Rather than seeing mistakes as markers of limitations or inabilities, we see them as signposts for future learning. But with so much focus on mistakes, have we lost sight of other signposts? Mistakes are often easy […]

Understanding the Fixed and Growth Response: The First Step to Changing Mindsets

The Fixed Mindset has been getting a bad rap. We know how people with a Fixed Mindset tend to behave. They avoid challenges. They give up easily. They dislike effort. They are threatened by the success of others. These behaviours are sometimes described as “lazy”. It’s often assumed that people with a Fixed Mindset simply […]

Why are we still talking Fixed vs Growth Mindsets?

So much of what you read about Mindsets these days considers that there are only two opposing Mindsets. That is, the Fixed Mindset versus the Growth Mindset. Looking at Mindsets this way has helped us understand psychologist Carol Dweck’s work. It has also highlighted the importance of developing a Growth Mindset. However, an over-emphasis on […]

20 years with Habits of Mind: 3 Important Lessons

As Art Costa, Bena Kallick and the Institute for Habits of Mind celebrate their 25th year, I celebrate my 20th year working with the Habits of Mind. I can’t begin to adequately describe the phenomenal impact the Habits of Mind have had on my life, both professionally and personally. From my work as a classroom […]

Lesson 1: A Growth Mindset

Last week, I listed the three key lessons I’ve learnt about successfully working with Habits of Mind. This week, I want to delve into the first of these lessons. It’s a critical component, shared by all schools that have achieved long-term success with Habits of Mind. It is a Growth Mindset. A Growth Mindset has […]