Growth Mindset

 

Welcome to the Growth Mindset page of our school website.

During the Summer Term, we will be learning about the way we think and how this can have a huge impact on how we learn. We will be discovering lots of ways to develop a ‘Growth Mindset’ which will hopefully help us as we move through school, facing new challenges, developing new skills and progressing in our learning.

 

So what is a Growth Mindset?

 

The phrase Growth Mindset refers to a way of thinking, learning and taking on challenges.

 

People with a ‘Fixed Mindset’ think a bit like this:

 

“Everyone has a brain but some brains are better than others."

" It doesn’t matter how hard I work; I just can’t get better at it."

" I don’t want others to know that I haven’t learned something yet, so I pretend to know things I haven’t learned."

" I am afraid to try new things because I might fail. Once I fail, I don’t want to try again so if doesn’t work the first time, I don’t like to try it a different way.”

 

People with a ‘Growth Mindset’ think more like this:

 

“Everyone has a brain! "

"My intelligence and my abilities can grow if I challenge myself and exercise my brain by trying new things and doing my best all the time."

"I may not always succeed at first, but I can’t give up – I will make mistakes but I must keep trying and learning from my every mistakes."

"Mistakes help my brain to grow."

"Every mistake is a step closer to success.”

 

14th May 2018

This week we have begun our journey towards developing a ‘Growth Mindset’ by learning all about our brain and what an amazing organ it is!

 

We started by looking at what happens inside our brain when we are learning something new.

We read the book My Fantastic Elastic Brain in assembly (click here to listen to it again at home).

Did you know that your brain is a bit like an elastic band? It can grow and stretch as you learn new things!

Learning and practicing helps strengthen and change our brain. When we make mistakes and struggle, but we keep on trying and don't give up we build new information pathways in our brain and so our brain becomes stronger.

 

Try out these fun ways to help your brain to grow and become even stronger:

1. Swap hands and brush your teeth with your other hand. Don't forget to open the tube and apply toothpaste in reverse too!

2. Change your morning routine. Get dressed after breakfast, walk the dog on a new route, or change your normal TV channel or radio station.

3. Turn familiar objects upside down (literally). Turn pictures of your family, your clock, posters or your calendar upside down.

4. Play '10 Things'. Forcing your brain to think of unusual alternatives to the every day will help to keep it strong. Take an ordinary object and try to think of 10 different 'things' that the object might be. For example, a wooden spoon might become a tennis racket, a golf club, a fan, a baton, a drumstick, a violin, a shovel, a microphone, a baseball bat, or even a canoe paddle!

Fancy a challenge?

Try these online puzzles and games to help your brain grow and develop even further:

http://www.kidsmathgamesonline.com/sudoku.html

http://mypuzzle.org/sudoku-for-kids

https://lovattspuzzles.com/kids/childrens-online-puzzles/

Want to know more about your amazing brain?

Click the links below to find out all about this incredible organ!

https://www.coolkidfacts.com/facts-about-the-brain-for-kids/

http://www.fun-facts.org.uk/human_body/brain.htm

https://www.theschoolrun.com/homework-help/the-human-brain-and-nervous-system

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