Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Learning a bit about our brain--Growth Mindset

Growth Mindset
We have been learning a bit about our brains and about how we can approach things with different mindsets.  We have learned about having a growth mindset that recognises that we can achieve what we set our minds to through practise and hard work, that everyone can learn anything and that challenges help us to learn.  We have also learned about having a fixed mindset that thinks that we can't change what we're good at, there's no point in practising, we are already GREAT at everything and we don't try new things because we might fail or get it wrong. 

"I have a bit of a fixed mindset and growth mindset, so I am going to turn on my growth mindset!"
--Gigi Early age 5, Autahi

Gigi hit the nail on the head.  We are all working on changing our mindsets and sometimes have to actively dial up our growth mindset.  Children are actually a lot better at this than adults most of the time!
These are some of the picture books we have been reading to learn these concepts:
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This book explores what you do when you have problems and how you can be proactive in facing them and taking action to solve them.
This book teaches about the parts of the brain and how the brain actually works.
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This books explores the idea of almost being able to do lots of things and the acceptance that learning how to do things is ok!

These are short video
we have watched to explore these ideas even further.

We created these posters and had to do a sort to figure out which phrases and ideas we thought fit under each heading.

We've also been working on a Growth mindset reader, filling in missing words using what we have learned. 


If we learn to face things with a growth mindset, we will have more confidence in our abilities, in growing our abilities and in the power of mistakes! We certainly are becoming risk takers in our learning!

Help me grow my growth mindset at home by really focussing on the process and my effort rather than the outcome and getting things "right".

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