Exploring “Pockets of Strength” in Learning Disabilities.

As a school guidance counsellor and former teacher I have worked with hundreds of children with learning disorders/ disabilities. Too often when working with these children it is easy to focus attention on what they struggle to do or can’t do trying to find ways to “fix” the problems or difficulties.

I invite you to shift this mindset from a problem focused one to a strength focused one. Continue reading

Mindset Series – 3. Fostering a Growth Mindset Culture in the Classroom

classroom-clip-art-15If you have not had a chance to read the other posts in this series you can find them here:

Mindset Series: 1. Fixed vs Growth Mindsets – Explores the difference between a fixed mindset and growth mindset.

Mindset Series: 2. Praise – Is it Helping or Hindering Growth – Explores the difference between ability praise which fosters a fixed mindset compared to effort praise which fosters a growth mindset.

With this in mind, how do we ensure we are creating a growth mindset culture within the classroom for students? Continue reading

“Praise Effort Not Ability” – Easier Said Than Done

Soon after posting Mindset Series: 2. Praise – Is it helping or hindering growth?, I felt like quite the hypocrite as I became more conscious about the praise I was providing to my 11 week old son.

As I played games with my little one and encouraged him as he tried to roll over or hold a rattle, I caught myself saying “what a clever fella”, “good boy”  Continue reading

Mindset Series: 2. Praise – Is it helping or hindering growth


 Let’s give students learning tasks that tell them, “You can be as smart as you want to be.” – Carol Dweck (ii)

Mindset Series: 1. Fixed vs Growth Mindsets explored the general difference between a fixed and growth mindset – A fixed mindset views qualities such as intelligence and talent as innate and stable, whereas a growth mindset views these qualities as a starting point which can be developed with effort.

This post will explore more specifically the impact of growth/ fixed mindsets on children and young adults at school and what educators can say Continue reading

Mindset Series: 1. Fixed vs Growth Mindset

Fixed versus growth mindset are terms coined by Carol Dweck to describe beliefs regarding personal qualities such as ability and talent. According to this research, those with a fixed cartoonmindset tend to believe that attributes such as ability and talent are fixed. In comparison, those with a growth mindset perceive ability and talent as starting points which can be further developed with effort and dedication. Continue reading