This workshop/keynote takes our core messages of happiness, flourishing, resilience & personal responsibility and looks at embedding positivity in the classroom. Most teachers recognise the value of fostering positive intrinsic learning behaviours and many ‘get’ that growth mindsets are crucial. But there’s more to it than knowing what ‘perseverance,’ means.
‘Cultivating a Growth Mindset’ focuses on four key elements:
Learning physically changes the brain. An understanding of how the brain is wired informs and refines classroom practice. Effective teaching and learning can only take place with just the right amount of support and facilitation. The session explores the importance of immersing pupils in their learning, and encouraging active participation.
The essential stages of learning
Learning anything is a progression – adopting a Growth Mindset significantly benefits the rate and extent of that progression. Teachers and pupils must have a shared understanding of the distinctly different stages involved in order to develop security – and ultimately mastery. Empowering partners with an effective model for learning, and associated assessment tools helps to perpetuate (and communicate) progress.
Failing Brilliantly (not miserably)
Failure is often a dirty word; we try to avoid it if at all possible. Perhaps counter intuitively, however, success and failure are inextricably linked. We progress best when we acknowledge our limitations and act according to considered feedback. It is essential that teachers and learners are allowed to learn from the ‘mistakes,’ that enable them to genuinely move forward.
Edison is quoted as saying ‘Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration.’ It’s certainly true that learning and improvement require a degree of conscious application – or even ‘struggle.’ Making all parties aware of how progress should ‘feel,’ and the requisite effort involved is one of the key factors in transforming teaching and learning.
By incorporating simple adaptations, additions and omissions to school life, teaching and learning can be given extra breathing space. Small differences can empower teachers and learners to enjoy pursuing their potential.
Best of all, it’s thought-provoking and bags of fun.