Growth Mindset

At Bisley, we want every child to leave the school being the best that they can be and we believe that adopting a Growth Mindset approach supports this. In addition to teaching the children about Growth Mindsets, we have introduced the Thinkosaurus family to support the children in understanding the impact of having a Growth Mindset.

What is Growth Mindset?

Growth Mindset refers to a learning theory developed by Dr Carol Dweck. It revolves around the belief that you can improve intelligence, ability and performance. The opposite, a fixed mindset, refers to the belief that a person’s talents are set in stone . Years of research have demonstrated that mindset is malleable, meaning that we can help children to learn more effectively and efficiently by changing their mindset from a fixed mindset to a growth mindset.

The following video explains the concept in more detail:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KUWn_TJTrnU

 

Key aspects of Growth Mindset at Bisley:

  • We never give up - perseverance is the key if we are to succeed
  • We celebrate making mistakes - we can learn from them
  • We learn from each other
  • We don’t compare ourselves with others
  • We challenge ourselves and take risks
  • We join in as much as possible – we learn much more by being involved
  • We remember that our brains are making connections and growing all the time
  • We use the Thinkosaurus family to help us remember the key principles of having a Growth Mindset 

 

 

The Thinkosaurus family:

The Thinkosaurus family were created to provide an accessible and memorable way for the children to understand and remember the core principles of adopting a Growth Mindset. The family consist of five dinosaurs:

Try-a-saurus Rex- is not afraid to “have a go” and try new things. He knows we are more likely to be successful when we try again- he does not give up.

Train-your-brain-a-saurus-knows that your brain is amazing! It can change shape and get better at new things if we practise.

Mistake-a-docus-knows that mistakes are a brilliant thing! Making a mistake will help us work out our next step and remember how to solve the problem next time.

Believe-a-saurus-understands that we need to believe in ourselves as learners. If we believe we can do it we will do it!

Share-a-docus-knows the best learning happens when we share our ideas

We have received enquiries as to where you can buy the dinosaur family from. 

We purchased our sets from Amazon , the following link should take you to the page.   Amazon - dinosaur family

Further information and reading for parents:

https://www.mindsetworks.com/parents/growth-mindset-parenting

https://www.oxfordlearning.com/growth-mindset-tips-for-parents/

https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/grownups/help-your-child-try-new-things

https://tutorful.co.uk/blog/how-can-parents-encourage-a-growth-mindset

 

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