This week was the last week of Term 1. Oh my gosh it has gone by so fast it is scary!
There has been SO much to get through, so much I have wanted to talk about, share, and discuss.
Yesterday and today we FINALLY did some thinking about GROWTH MINDSET. Firstly (as I did last year) put the two words on the board and asked them to come up with some ideas about 'what it means'. I suggested they look at each word separately first... here are some of their initial ideas...
The red phrase in the bubble was what we came up with as a 'definition' for Growth Mindset...
WHEN YOU SET YOUR MIND IN A GROWING STATE
So we continued to have a chat about the ideas they had put forward and then I gave them 15 minutes to 'google it' and do some further research. While they were doing this I asked them to write down any other KEY phrases which they found which they thought 'summed up' what it meant. During this period of research many of them discovered that there is an OPPOSITE mindset called FIXED. They decided this was quite important to know so they could understand the difference. So we ruled up a page (me on the board) and shared the 'phrases' which will help us remember what these two different states are.
We shared some thoughts about the two states and how we might have a fixed mindset in one area (say Maths) but could have a Growth Mindset in other areas (the ones we know we are good at). We discussed each of the phrases relating it back to ourselves and at the end the kids wrote a summary statement about 'the state of their mindset' at this moment.
It was a terrific discussion...I got a vibe that the kids have a good idea of Growth Mindset... partly because I have 'dropped in' little snippets of the concept right through the term. But today it was great to TALK about it.
Next Term we will start with looking at the 'fixed mindset' statements which we hear in classrooms sometimes and I will ask the kids to change them into 'growth mindset' ones.