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.