Look what we are learning!
- What are you learning? (as opposed to what are you doing)
- What have you been learning today? (as opposed to what have you done today)
- What new knowledge do you have? What new skills do you have? What do you understand better after today?
- Why are you learning this?
- How did this connect with things you have learnt about before?
- Is there something you really liked learning today?
- Can you teach me/ someone what you learnt today?
- Was there anything that you’d like to know more about after today?
- What's really stuck with you today?
Fixed Mindset: People believe that their intelligence or talents are set and can’t be changed. They spend their time documenting their intelligence/talents instead of developing them.
Growth Mindset: People believe that their abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work. Brains and talent are just the starting point. This view creates a love of learning and resilience that is essential for great accomplishment.
How to praise your child to build success
Perhaps the most significant aspect for the adult in developing a growth mindset culture is to use praise language which focuses on achievement and effort, and to encourage growth mindset mantras which reinforce the message.
Some examples of appropriate praise and encouragement language used successfully by teachers and parents.
- Well done! You’re learning to….
- Good - it’s making you think - that is how you know you’re brain is growing
- Every time you practise, you’re making the connections in your brain stronger.
- You’re good at things you like because you spend a lot of time doing them.
- If you could already do it or it was easy, you wouldn’t be learning anything.
- Your skills have really improved. Do you remember how much harder this was last week/ year?
- You kept going - well done!
- Don’t say no - have a go!
- You mean you don’t know/ can’t do it YET!
MindUp is a programme designed to teach children about the neuroscience of their brain, how to self-regulate their behaviour and mindfully engage in focused concentration required for academic and personal success.
MindUp aims to build resilience, reduce stress and anxiety, improve concentration and academic performance. As children develop an understanding of the brain science linking emotions, thoughts and behaviours, they apply this knowledge and understanding to managing their emotions and behaviour more effectively. They develop greater empathy for others and are more optimistic and happy.
The MindUp programme consists of 16 lessons (see document below for details) and the Core Practice of focused breathing practised three times a day.
The philosophy and practices embedded in the MindUp programme compliment the work we do around Growth Mindset, Personal Learning Goals and EmpathyLab.
Other Resources to support the teaching of mindfulness to children
Mindfulness animated in three minutes - a short video explaining mindfulness
Look what we've been learning!
There’s so much learning taking place in our school every day. Here’s a snapshot of some of the learning that is happening in each class each week.