We are a Growth Mindset school!
At East Ardsley Primary Academy we firmly believe that if a child has a Growth Mindset they will achieve more highly. We aim to foster this mindset in all our children so that they develop personal skills and attitudes which will equip them for life.
What is a Growth Mindset?
Scientists are learning that people have more capacity for lifelong learning and brain development than they ever thought. Of course, each person has a unique genetic code. People all start with different temperaments and aptitudes but it is clear that experience, training and personal effort takes them the rest of the way.
Research by Carol Dweck, a Developmental Psychologist at Stanford University, says that there are two types of mindset – fixed and growth. It is believed that some people possess a fixed mindset and others a growth and this mindset greatly affects how we learn and respond to situations in our life.
Growth Mindset Characters
The children designed characters for the different qualities of Growth Mindset. They look absolutely fabulous on the wall of the main corridor and are the first thing we see when we come into school on a morning. They remind us all that we need to use our growth mindsets everyday!
What are the differences between fixed and growth mindsets?
“In a fixed mindset students believe that their basic abilities , their intelligence, their talents, are just fixed traits. They have a certain amount and that’s that, and then their goal becomes to look smart all the time and never look dumb. In a growth mindset students understand that their talents and abilities can be developed through effort, good teaching and persistence. They don’t necessarily think everyone’s the same or anyone can be Einstein, but they believe everyone can get smarter if they work at it.”
To find out more about what a Growth Mindset is, watch this video.