It is nearly the end of the summer holidays and I have been thinking about the first few weeks of school and what I want to do to establish the culture of my classroom. Last year I attended some professional learning about visible learning, and that sparked some interest in the idea of growth mindset.
I read these books over the holidays to get a better idea of what this is all about.
I am planning to work through some of the key ideas from these books to teach students about mindset and to set the tone for the rest of the year.
I went to the Australian Curriculum to see where it might fit and found this perfect content description in Health and Physical Education for year 3 and 4.
Explore how success, challenge and failure strengthen identities (ACPPS033)
These are the key ideas of that I will be working on with my class:
- Knowing the difference between a fixed and growth mindset, and what to do when you find yourself thinking in a fixed mindset.
- Understanding that effort, persistence and perseverance lead to success. Sometimes it takes hard work and setback to finally get to success.
- Being comfortable with failing at a task and knowing that it is an essential part of learning.
- Learning how the brain works, so that students can understand more about intelligence and helping your brain to work better.
- Seeing the role that optimism plays in learning and coping with failing. That optimism is different to happiness, so when you fail if you can find an optimistic view of the situation you can move on.
To feed my picture book addiction, I have bought these books to help me out with teaching about the brain and failure. They are really good, and I have been reading them at home with my three children. It has helped us have a few conversations about these topics.
I am looking forward to getting into these conversations with my new students and creating some interesting pieces of work on these topics.