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How can a ‘growth mind-set’ support learning and progress?

Growth m1Many of us start the year with a new outlook and a positive mindset, but did you know just how important this is? The staff at Ryedale School spent the first training day of the year finding out!

What is a growth mindset?

Someone with a growth mindset believes that their intelligence, ability and talent are ‘growable’. Whereas, someone with a fixed mindset believes that they cannot alter or grow their intelligence or ability.

Research shows that having a ‘growth mindset’ is essential for someone to achieve their full potential. Dr. Carol Dweck of Stanford University has shown through decades of research that, ‘no matter what your ability is, effort is what ignites that ability and turns it into accomplishment.

Dr Dweck has found that you can grow your brain. The more you use it, the better it gets. New neural pathways in brains are created when faced with new problems and challenges and are strengthened with work and practice. Watch her TED talk about this below:

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Angela Duckworth at Pennsylvania University has also found that mindset is the number one factor that influences achievement. She calls it Grit – find out more by watching the video below:

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As a staff we are going to adopt a growth mindset in our teaching and encourage a growth mindset in all students at Ryedale School. We all need to believe that with a postivie outlook, grit and determination we can achieve our full potential.

We will revisit growth mindset as a staff and with our young people in the coming weeks and months.

Further Reading

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In print:

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