Monday, 12 February 2018

Growth Mindset in the Early Years Part 1

It's that time of year when I start hearing some of the self-talk from my new kiddo's coming out. It isn't always uplifting, and it certainly isn't always helpful. I've noticed it seems to be getting more prevalent each year.

We've been tackling this problem proactively for a few years now, and I thought it would be good for myself, and hopefully some of you, if I collected all my favourite bits into one place!

For anyone not sure what growth mindset is, this great  RSA animate explains it pretty well, and gives you an idea of how big an impact it can make. I love the format of these videos, they're so clever!

When I first started out with this stuff, I didn't even know it had a name. I used a mishmash of different ideas from different programs that I picked up and added to over time (You Can Do It, Circle Solutions, Habits of Mind, MindUP), and they were all great, but it wasn't very cohesive. Sure, I matched what I saw my students needed, but it didn't seem to really grow them as much as try to fill in gaps in their socio-emotional development.

Our year level started a research project with one of our universities and decided to undertake growth mindset as part of our research focus within the project. That's when I first read Carol Dweck's book and it brought everything together for me, and helped me to see some of my own fixed mindsets!  

But then how do I use this with my 5 year olds?  I recently discovered Mike Gershon's incredible book, and it completely set me up to bring together all those resources and use them in a cohesive, strategic manner. On top of that, our school decided to implement a school-wide approach to dealing with 'stinking thinking' with another program (that I am VERY excited about). This means that I have an easy framework to hand the rest of my resources on to scaffold and further develop the ideas already being focussed on with the new program. 

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Join me next time for my roundup of favourite growth mindset books, songs and videos to use with the littles!

Until next time, let my little friend remind you that you CAN do it!

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