Learning Agility

Learner types: Which is most prepared for an uncertain future?

The Learning Landscape is a powerful metaphor for learning. More than that, it offers us a way to visualise and understand what skilful learning looks like, and what teachers need to do to help students develop as more skilful learners.   As we engage students in the Learning Landscape, two important points about learning become apparent. […]

Mindset and the Learning Landscape

The Learning Landscape provides a way to recognise and develop a learner’s Mindset. In many ways, a learner’s Mindset is a reflection of how well they understand the Learning Landscape and their capacity to move through it. A learner with a Growth Mindset understands they are free to roam the Learning Landscape, exploring the furthest […]

Mistakes and Feedback

In the Learning Landscape, learning is an active process. It happens by the act of moving through the landscape, and exploring new territory. It involves filling our backpacks with powerful Habits of Mind, which enable us to climb out of Challenge and gradually climb higher towards the mountains of expertise. To learn, and becoming a […]

Getting Out of the Challenge Pit!

Setting challenging tasks is not enough to ensure real learning. In the Learning Landscape, Pits represent challenges. But getting out of a Pit represents learning! Learning is an active, skilful process. In the Learning Landscape, the learners who reach the highest standards and ascend the mountains of expertise are the best climbers. They draw on […]

Challenge Pits: Four Different Types

The Learning Landscape makes learning more enjoyable. The sense of being on a learning journey – exploring the Learning Landscape, taking on Challenge Pits and climbing mountains of expertise – is engaging for learners.But the Learning Landscape is so much more than a tool to engage students. It is a metaphor for the learning process. It helps students understand how their […]

How to set teachers up to succeed with Growth Mindsets

(an extract from my book The Mindset Continuum: Your Key to Growth Mindset Interventions that work!) The vast majority of Growth Mindset interventions in the classroom don’t recognise the journey of becoming increasingly growth-oriented. The expectation is that after a Growth Mindset intervention, students will be cured of their Fixed Mindset and “have” a Growth Mindset. This […]

Has the tide turned on Growth Mindsets?

Most school-based Growth Mindset interventions don’t work! As schools struggle to find Growth Mindset interventions that work, a growing tide of criticism has forced psychologist Carol Dweck to defend her theories. A recent article in TES (“Carol Dweck: where growth mindset went wrong”) gives her response. I’ve been warning that the tide will turn on Growth […]

Authentic V’s Learned Mindsets

How you get your Mindset makes all the difference!   Recently, I was re-reading the first chapter of Carol Dweck’s book, Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, and something extraordinary struck me. In just the first chapter, she lists more than 20 examples of people with either a Fixed or Growth Mindset. Dweck describes Lee […]

Have you ever been the victim of a personality test?

You know the type of test I’m talking about. You’re asked a bunch of questions. Then you get a nice coloured chart that describes your character strengths. While these tests certainly have their place in schools, if they are not used appropriately, they can send Fixed Mindset messages to students. You see, the problem is […]

What’s your approach to Growth Mindset?

Teachers and Schools are adopting many different approaches to Growth Mindset. Some of these approaches are more effective than others. In this blog, I walk you through the three most common approaches I have seen, from least effective, to the most effective. I then outline how to raise the bar on your work with Growth Mindset by creating a Style […]