In our recent staff training session before commencing school, I spent some time with staff introducing them to the idea of a Growth Mind-set.
At first, this might seem an odd activity to spend during these important sessions, however, a Growth Mind-set, first introduced by Carol Dweck, has been shown to have a huge impact on learning – both for adults and children.
The shift in thinking here is about the way we approach our learning. A fixed mind-set is when we believe failure is permanent and talent is static and cannot be changed. A good example is when someone says
“I can’t do Mathematics” instead of saying
“Mathematics has been challenging for me”
It is more than just positivity – it is a willingness to explore – to not be closed to the possibility of learning.
Some examples of the different views from the two different mind-sets:
Clearly, inculcated this approach to education at King’s College India is key to enhancing student learning.