We are still working hard at Valley View on our behaviours for learning. We introduced Growth Mindset in 2017, and this is reinforced with “learning keys” in all classes. These keys "unlock learning" not just for the children, but for adults in school too. Mrs Dowling and Mr Hendy challenged all the staff to learn to juggle -with differing amounts of success- but we certainly learnt to use our 'perseverance key' whilst practising! These keys focus on the important characteristics of learning including things such as concentrating, persevering, questioning, applying skills and having a go even if you get it wrong all of which fit together and contribute towards developing a 'growth mindset'. The idea of developing a growth mindset can have many lifelong and educational benefits.
Although no one likes failing, children with a growth mindset do not let failure define them; instead, they use setbacks to motivate them. Children encouraged to adopt a growth mindset enjoy challenges and the sense of achievement they get when they succeed.
The exciting thing about the growth mindset approach is that it is not just about ability. It focuses on what people believe about ability – and there are lots of ways that parents, families and school can help our children to develop a growth mindset.
Growth Mindset encourages children to be resilient and not give up, even when they find something difficult or frustrating.
We hope that the children will really enjoy learning about how to develop a growth mindset and will be able to talk and share some of the activities which they have been taking part in with their families at home.