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Growth Mindset Assembly

We were treated to an inspirational assembly to introduce our work on Growth Mindset. The children learnt about 'the power of yet' in an engaging and memorable way. Following the assembly, we discussed the key messages and the children helped to think of fixed and growth mindset statements for our display in the small hall. 


“A Growth Mindset is about having a positive attitude and believing in yourself” (Year 4 child at Westgate)


Dr Carol Dweck of Stanford University states that 'Growth Mindset' is simply an approach to learning in school and life beyond. Her work points to people having two Mindsets – GROWTH OR FIXED. A child’s belief about intelligence and ability are really important factors in whether they become effective learners.


“In a fixed Mindset students believe their basic abilities, their intelligence, their talents etc. are just fixed traits they have a certain amount and that’s that and then their goal becomes to look smart all the time or 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 think everyone’s the same or anyone can become Einstein, but they believe everyone can get better if they work at it.” (Carol Dweck)



Growth Mindset Displays and Motivational Balloons