We all have our own success stories to inspire us – we lived them – but all too often we forget about them when faced with the next challenge in our life …
A great one to start the new week with 🙂
Make THIS week THE week you take the first step, to actualising a dormant dream just waiting to come alive!
Following on from Exploring “Pockets of Strength” in Learning Disabilities, the following story adapted from George Reavis is a great reminder of the unique individuals who make up the classrooms – and to celebrate their strengths rather than identifying and focusing purely on their weaknesses. Continue reading
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
This is one of my favourite quotes of all time. As a guidance counsellor and previously as a teacher, I have witnessed Continue reading
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
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
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
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 mindset 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