Introduce each of the Sparkling Learning Behaviours and break it down in an age appropriate and exciting way so children are really aware of what each one means, for example activities to promote teamwork, communication and risk taking. Who can make a container to hold an egg safely when it is dropped from a height. These must be displayed in some way in your classroom, for the younger children I am going to create characters, please ask if you would like to use these too.
Create a learning culture in your classroom by spending time focusing on the learning behaviours this should come but it will need ongoing reminders and time. Spend some time in circle time taking about things we are good at, things we want to improve and discussing mindset. If adults model and talk about wanting to improve themselves and their learning children will follow. I have often made posters with my class to display and remind them of this, for example ‘A good learner is……’ What is effort?
Spend some time introducing the idea between a fixed and growth mindset.
|Fixed Midset||Growth Mindset|
|Intelligence is static||Intelligence can be developed|
Leads to a desire to look smart and there a tendency to:
Leads to a desire to learn and therefore a tendency to:
KS1 using puppets to portray the characteristics eg. Clever Cat (fixed), Hardworking Hedgehog or ask the children to create their own characters.
Using stories and books I have a number of these in my cupboard relevant to all key stages please come and ask.
Introduce some learning about the brain and how when we learn new things. Be careful how you use praise, praise the effort and hard work rather than the outcome, try to avoid using the word clever!
Set up a system of learning partners which are randomly picked and regularly changed (weekly).
Create a class success criteria ‘How to be a good learning partner’ to display in the classroom and refer back to regularly.
Give the children a number of opportunities to practise using learning partners in those first 3 weeks so the routines are embedded.
In Shirley Clarke’s book they talk about using compliments slips to praise and encourage your partner to improve each time you change.
Remember have fun and use specific praise for the learning behaviours and the children putting in the most effort.