Posts Tagged With: Carol Dweck

Class Dojo: Big Ideas growth mindset videos

Class Dojo have added a series of five ‘Big Ideas’ videos to their website highlighting the importance of adopting a growth mindset and some strategies for developing one.  The videos bring the Dojo characters to life as they struggle when faced with challenges or discover that they cannot do something that they thought they were really good at. The videos are being released every Monday, with the first 3 already available with downloadable discussion guides. Check out ‘Chapter 1: A Secret about the Brain‘ below before clicking here to see the complete the series, including: Chapter 2: The Magic of Mistakes; Chapter 3: The Power of ‘Yet’; Chapter 4: The World of Neurons and Chapter 5: Little by Little.  Thank you to the team at Class Dojo.

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Recommended reading

The most effective professional development is often initiated and determined by the teacher themselves. For many, this is achieved through engaging with the ever growing online community such as Twitter, blogs, TeachMeets etc.  However, for others the book (whether digital or old fashioned paper) is still their primary source of furthering their learning and practice.

Click here to see our updated recommended reading page.

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Essex Provision Guidance

With the advent of the new SEND code of practice, many professionals are feeling uncertain about how to support children in their class with additional needs. However, help is well and truly here in the guise of Essex’s Provision Guidance Toolkit. This interactive working document is easy to use and should be the first port of call for all teachers who want to provide the best support for the children in their care.  See below for more details from the Essex Schools Infolink.
The Essex Provision Guidance provides an evidence-based reference for schools and other practitioners to include advice on all that could be done to meet the needs of children with special and additional needs.

The Provision Guidance draws on good practice in schools, and evidence-based, applied psychological theory and research. It has been created by Educational Psychologists in close collaboration with the Specialist Teacher teams within Essex.

What is its purpose?

The purpose of the guidance is to support school staff in the process of building on current good practice and to help schools to develop systems, skills and structures for responding to pupils’ needs.  It provides clarity and consistency when deciding the level and type of support a child needs.

Ideas for use:

  • Supporting the One Planning environment through identifying provision to help meet outcomes
  • As a self-help guide for practitioners when considering provision in their classrooms
  • Providing a point of reference for school staff when deciding which level of the graduated response pupils are working on
  • As an audit tool for individual pupils or for school practice identifying gaps in provision
  • New ideas for working with individual pupils

For working in partnership with parents and carers providing clarity and transparency when explaining provision the school is making for their child

What does it include?

It covers the main Categories of Need identified within Essex.  Each area comes under one of the umbrella categories in the new SEND Code of Practice.

  • Learning Difficulties and Disability
  • Social, Emotional and Mental Health
  • Social Communication: including Autistic Spectrum
  • Speech, Language and Communication
  • Physical and Neurological
  • Sensory (Hearing and Visual Impairments)
  • Early Years Provision
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You Can Learn Anything

Check out this video from the Khan Academy highlighting why it is crucial for educators to develop growth mindsets in the children they teach.  We used it to inspire and develop growth mindsets in our staff on training days and the children during assembly.  Enjoy.

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What mindset do you have?

I first stumbled across the theories of Mindset and Professor Carol Dweck when working as part of an Active Research group of Shirley Clarke’s in 2008.  It made such sense that the way we talk to children and when and how we praise them will affect their motivation and understanding of the impact of practice and effort when learning new skills.  As a result, I went on to read Carol Dweck’s book Mindset: How You Can Fulfill Your Potential, which only confirmed my beliefs and determined my current and future practice when working with children.

Check out our new Mindset page on our Teaching and Learning blog to reflect on your own mindset and practice as a teacher or even parent.

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