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Growth Mindset

Growth Mindset- focuses on the improvement of intelligence, ability and performance. 

“In a growth mindset, people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work—brains and talent are just the starting point. This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment.” (Dweck 2015) 

This means by helping and teaching students to develop a growth mindset, we can in turn help them to learn more effectively and efficiently.  

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What is a Growth Mindset?

Children with a growth mindset tend to see challenges as opportunities to grow because they understand that they can improve their abilities by pushing themselves. If something is hard, they understand it will push them to get better.

The advantages of a growth mindset

  • Children will seek out constructive feedback.
  • Cope better with transitions/change and develop self-regulation. 
  • Reduction of stress and aggression as well as increasing wellbeing and emotional functioning within children.
  • Improves self-esteem and reduces helplessness.

Growth mindset has also been shown to be beneficial for disengaged students.

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Developing a growth mindset

  • Praise– Praising their effort and induvial development over time can be reassuring to a child. Which in turn encourages students to ask for constructive feedback which they can act on. Igniting a sense of curiosity.  
  • Expectation– Having a high but realistic expectation of your students with tasks and lesson objectives is something that can inspire their performance. It is important to communicate your expectations to your students to avoid confusion. This can also help against “Imposter Syndrome” and overworking of your students. 
  • Positive Norms (Groups) Create a “growth culture” that values the following: Learning, Education and Development. 
  • Self-Talk (Helpful)- Teach students that they need to talk to themselves in a positive, helpful and energised way to maintain a positive outlook resulting in a growth mindset.

For more information on a growth mindset check out our growth mindset blog for KS2

Negative to Positive

This is a great exercise for students starting to understand and implement a growth mindset into their way of thinking.  

Use the worksheet down below with the list of negative or limiting statements, explain to your class that they are going to put a “positive spin” on these phrases by merely altering the language they use.  

In doing so, your pupils with start to make connections between how changes in the way we speak about ourselves can improve how we feel about ourselves. 

Famous Fails

It’s important for young people to know that nobody is perfect. With celebrities and social media being a big construct in young people’s lives it is paramount that students learn that success comes from hard work.

  • Using the PowerPoint PDF down below you can discuss with your class how these famous faces have failed, and how they have come back even stronger to accomplish their goals and dreams.
  •  At the end of the presentation ask your class to think of their own goals and aspirations and ask them to write down how they will accomplish them. Taking into account the conversations and examples you have discussed together. 


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Growth Mindset Yoga is the fusion of yoga and positive affirmations. Concentrating on physical activity is a fun way to teach your class about making constructive self-statements. 

  • Choose fairly simple/basic yoga poses that is accessible to all learners within your class (these can also still be a bit challenging). 
  • Then associate each pose to a growth mindset statement: 
    • I work hard 
    • I am a creative person 
    • I am always focused 
    • I am valued 
    • I care for others 
    • I am loved 
    • I enjoy learning and discovering 
  • As your class switch between each pose, have them channel all things that give them good feelings as they call out the statements together!

Accomplishment Jar

Achieving goals and accomplishments is rewarding to anyone! But also, helps us grow and build on our success and objectives. It is important to show case to children how to celebrate accomplishments with others and show support for one another

Use an “Accomplishment Jar” for an easy and enjoyable way to let your class support each others achievements! 

You will need:

  • A large jar 
  • Slips of paper with the question- “What’s one thing I have accomplished today? And how do I feel about it?”
  • Pencils
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Now students can answer the questions on the piece of paper, along with their name, fold it up and place in the jar. Your class can fill out one or two every day.

At the end of a certain length of time (you decide, this can be a week, month etc.) you can take out the slips of paper and create a pile for each student’s name. Students’ can then review their accomplishments and celebrate what they have learned and how much they have grown/developed.

BONUS: Have students share their achievements with the class if they choose, so peers can show their support.

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