Helping Children to Develop a Growth Mindset

This first video provides a really good explanation about our brains and how they work. It provides an overview of Growth Mindset and how we can change our brain to be stronger.
Below is a short, simple video for children explaining all about Growth Mindset
The video below explains different types of thinking and how our brain processes different types of information.
The video clip below sees Ormie the Pig desperate to reach the cookies. His huge determination to succeed results in a whole array of strategies, from the use of suction pads to a trampoline. What resourcefulness! 
The key is that he NEVER gives up, and in the end, the cookies are his. 
When watching this with your child, talk about how Ormie keeps trying different ways to solve the problem. Discuss how he links his learning and uses knowledge and skills he has learnt in the past and perseveres, even when he has tried dozens of methods that havent worked.
Try an activity together in which the solution isn't easy and different ways have to be tried before the goal is achieved. Our weekly brain teasers in the newsletter are a good way to work on perseverence together. 
Michael Jordan is one of the most successful basketball players in the world. The video clip below is a powerful way to show your child that failure is a crucial element of learning and a necessary part of the road to success. 
The video below gives a quick summary of the difference between Fixed and Growth mindset and the characteristics of each. 
Research evidences that children with a 'Growth Mindset' outperform their 'Fixed Mindset' peers substantially. They achieve far better academically and are better motivated and actually happier in life!  
This video explains the importance of praising effort rather than intelligence.
The impact is INCREDIBLE! Essential watching for anyone who wants to support their child in developing a strong Growth Mindset.   
Click on the powerpoint below to read all about how we teach Growth Mindset and build children's learning power. 
Your child may have talked recently about how they have been developing a 'Growth Mindset' at school. Every class has been looking at and learning about the two types of mindsets that children and adults can have, a ‘fixed’ mindset and a ‘growth’ mindset. 
Below is an overview of the traits of each: 
Fixed Mindset 
I like my work to be easy 
I don’t like to try a challenge 
I want people to praise me for how clever I am 
I believe I cannot change how clever I am 
I don’t like to try new things because I won’t be very good at it 
I give up easily
Growth Mindset 
I never give up 
I like my work to be difficult – it means I am learning 
I love challenges 
I want people to praise me for the effort I put into my work 
I believe I can get more intelligent by working hard 
I feel clever when I’m learning something new 
I learn from my mistakes 
It has been proven that having a Growth Mindset can improve children’s progress and attainment. As a result, we are teaching our children that by having a Growth Mindset they can grow their brains and intelligence and achieve anything they want! 
How you can help at home 
  • Praise the amount of effort your child is putting into things rather than how clever they are; 
  • Talk to your children about their brain being like a muscle - the more they use it, the stronger it gets; 
  • Encourage your children to not give up if they are finding something difficult; 
  • Challenge your children to try something new or challenging. 
  • Look at the story powerpoints together available to download below.
  • Watch the videos about Growth Mindset together available on these website pages.