How to Get Out of the Learning Pit

The Learning Pit is a powerful analogy for learning that is used by schools around the world. In its simplest form, the Learning Pit represents a challenge. Taking on a challenge is like getting into a pit. We may feel uncertain and it takes effort to climb out. When we do climb out, it means […]

How to raise the bar on student performance

At one point or another, everyone experiences growth like this: We start learning something new. The early stages of learning are easy. We quickly master the basics and we experience relatively rapid growth and progress. But after a while, learning becomes difficult. Progress slows. Eventually, it stops and we reach our “limit”. This is what […]

Two Exciting New Learning Opportunities

“Believe and you can achieve.” Really? It’s true that many of our Growth Mindset interventions do change students’ Mindsets. However, recent challenges to Growth Mindset highlight the fact that these interventions aren’t always leading to the improvements in student learning outcomes we’re looking for. And that’s a big problem. What many people fail to recognise […]

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Searching for wonderment and awe

I was talking to Luke McKenna from Unleashing Personal Potential last week about the things people find awe-inspiring. As part of his work with Positive Education, Luke pointed out the benefits that arise when we find something awe-inspiring. These benefits include feeling deeply connected with the world, being less self-centred and behaving more generously towards […]

Where do the Habits of Mind fit?

Last week, I discussed how staff at my school were able to “find” the Habits of Mind in the curriculum, as well as in their big-picture visions of student learning. By doing so, they realised that far from being something new or “extra”, the Habits of Mind simplified their view of teaching and learning. They […]

Where to begin with Habits of Mind

I began my work with the Habits of Mind more than 20 years ago. It was a time when the education system was undergoing major curriculum changes. We had three “new” curriculums in five years. The “crowded curriculum” was a constant source of frustration for teachers, who felt there was too much to cover and […]

The Growth Mindset Teacher – ONLINE!

Have you ever wanted to attend one of my Growth Mindset Teacher workshops? Well, now you can! My Growth Mindset Teacher workshop is now available online for individuals and whole-school groups. Be quick – the first intake starts in August. The Growth Mindset Teacher – online The Growth Mindset Teacher online course gives you the […]

Two Powerful Approaches to Growth Mindset Learning

Is Growth Mindset and Learning Agility a school-wide focus in 2019? Are you looking for high-quality, high-impact professional learning for your school? As Australia’s leading Growth Mindset expert, I provide two pathways to embed Growth Mindset pedagogy and culture in schools. Growth Mindset School-Based Professional Learning Package My Growth Mindset School-Based Professional Learning Package includes […]

It’s about choice

Why should schools make Growth Mindset a priority? It’s an important question, and you won’t find the answer on social media. We could talk about how students with a Growth Mindset tend to achieve higher grades. How they tend to persist longer at tasks. How they put in more effort, respond better to mistakes and […]

McEnroe vs Federer: A battle of Mindset

In her book, Mindsets: The New Psychology of Success, Professor Carol Dweck uses John McEnroe as an example of a person with a Fixed Mindset. I think he’s a great example for many reasons. You can’t argue with the fact McEnroe was an extraordinary tennis player. He is ranked 6th in the list of most […]