Mindsets

Teaching students to create and use feedback

Over the past few weeks, we have been exploring the Five Elements of Effort. We began by noting that although we are interested in student “effort”, we often lack a coherent definition of what we mean by “effort”. “Effort” is often associated simply with the amount of time and energy a student expends on a […]

Why students need to get better at making mistakes

Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve written about how real growth only happens when we stretch ourselves beyond our current best. We grow when we seek to raise the bar by working in our Learning Zone. This stretch requires us to develop our Habits of Mind to become better learners. The challenge with working […]

Learning to do better with Habits of Mind

Last week, I wrote about the two fundamental types of learning: learning to do more and learning to do better. Learning to do more involves “below-the-bar” thinking. It occurs in your Comfort Zone and simply entails applying your current learning behaviours to the task at hand. It’s doing something you can already do or doing […]

The true value of a Picasso

There is a fable about Spanish artist Pablo Picasso that goes along these lines. Picasso was sitting on a park bench when a young woman came up to him and asked, “Could you draw me a picture, please?” Picasso got out his sketchpad and pencil and quickly sketched a portrait of the young woman. She […]

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 […]

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 […]