Mindset and use of language
“Sometimes a single word changes everything.” Peter H. Johnston
Mindset is a term you will hear a lot this year. What we know is that ‘language can effect a child’. During staff meetings, teachers work together as a professional learning community to discuss how language can effect a child. This work helps teachers use careful language to promote ‘growth mindsets’ in our students.
Those with growth mindset have a desire to learn. They embrace challenges, persist, learn from criticism and as a result, they strive for higher levels of achievement. Those with a fixed mindset have a desire to look smart. They avoid challenges, give up easily, ignore useful feedback and threatened by the success of others. They tend to plateau early and do not achieve to their full potential.
“If parents want to give their children a gift, the best they can do is to teach their children to love challenges, be intrigued by mistakes, enjoy effort, and keep on learning. That way, their children don’t have to be slaves of praise. They will have a lifelong way to build and repair their confidence” Carol S. Dweck