Putting Growth back into Growth Mindset!

A popular catchphrase associated with the Growth Mindset is: Mistakes are proof you’re trying. It’s easy to see why social media has latched onto this saying. There are some good messages embedded in it. We certainly want students to try, and we want them to put in the effort. And by associating mistakes with trying, […]

Growth Mindset and Academic results are not separate goals

Last week, the Sydney Morning Herald ran a story entitled “Reduce HSC pressure in favour of a ‘growth mindset’, NSW tells David Gonski”. While the article raises some interesting points, the headline should not be misinterpreted to mean that a Growth Mindset is more important than academic results. A Growth Mindset is not an alternative […]

Habits of Mind: An enduring part of a changing world

The Habits of Mind were my first passion in education. This passion has endured for 20 years. I’ve spent countless hours developing Habits of Mind resources and delivering professional learning to teachers around the world. What originally drew me so strongly to the Habits of Mind was the fact they weren’t simply dreamt up by […]

Do your students “get” learning?

Students with a Fixed Mindset don’t really “get” learning. From their perspective, school isn’t about learning, it’s about discovering what they can do. These students come to class wondering whether they have the abilities required to be successful. The answer is predetermined: they are simply waiting to find out. For students with a Fixed Mindset, […]

A Growth Mindset gives you courage, not capacity

Introducing the Learning Pit 2.0 I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: a Growth Mindset is not growth. A Growth Mindset is important because it is the foundation upon which growth is achieved. It is the invitation to grow. It encourages you to engage your Habits of Mind in the process of Virtuous […]

Good. Better. Best. Better.

Language matters. One of the critical lessons from research into Mindsets is that what teachers say and how they say it matters. Language acts as a Mindset Mover. The hidden and unintended messages in our language can push students along the Mindset Continuum, creating either a more Fixed or Growth Mindset. So, as teachers, we […]

Why settle for resilience?

I’m fortunate to work with many schools around the world. Not only do I get to share my work with them, I get to learn about the goals they see as most important for their students. Developing resilience in students is one of the most common goals I hear about. In fact, it is often […]

2018: A Year of Action. A Year of Growth!

The past few years have seen an extraordinary level of interest in Growth Mindsets. Educators around the world have become increasingly aware of the importance of a Growth Mindset to student performance. Consequently, there has been enormous interest in classroom practices that develop Growth Mindsets in students. Unfortunately, in the rush to implement these ideas, […]

Why we need Agile Learners

Agile Learners thrive in the most challenging and unpredictable environments. Whether it’s academic success in schools, increasing the bottom line in business, improving parenting skills or triumphing in any other challenging task, the Agile Learner achieves more. Why? Because the Agile Learner recognises that they can develop their most basic abilities. They know they can […]

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 […]