On Monday the 18th, the Student Leadership Team met with Mr Allison to discuss what we think are good learners and what are not so. We discussed the importance of having a growth mindset over a fixed mindset. A fixed mind- is where you avoid challenges, gives up easily when things get hard, ignores useful feedback and sees effort as a waste of time. As a group, we highlighted the issues linked to this mind-set. In contrast, a growth mindset is where a learner loves a challenge and keeps going when things get hard. They also learn from feedback and believe that hard work and effort is the key to successful education.
When asked what a fixed and growth mindset student would look like in the classroom, we came up with the following:
Often says ‘I can’t do it’
Not interested in working hard during lessons
Think they know it all
Not always interested in working with and learning from others
Boast a lot about their knowledge, but it’s just a front
Don’t need to try harder as they always get a good grade
As soon as something gets hard, they shut off
They become easily distracted from their work
They’ll make witty comments to hide the fact that they are stuck
Don’t take notes
Acts as if they aren’t bothered
Don’t ask questions, due to a fear of being wrong or laughed at
Don’t work hard to improve themselves outside school
Willing to give things a go
Will ask questions and respond well to the feedback
Participates in the lesson
When working in groups, will give ideas.
Well behaved and interested in the work.
Well presented work
Alert and hard working during lessons
Enthusiastic about the work they are doing and will ask for help if they are not sure.
Want to realise their potential
Will spend time on homework
Focused and concentrating during lessons
They want to excel
Advantages of a learner having a growth mindset are that they seek to expand their knowledge, actively engage in lessons and always improve based on feedback. The benefits of this are as follows:
• Always listening to feedback allows the learner to develop their comprehension and application of knowledge in all subjects. This allows the learner to consistently improve their results and eventually finish their education with grades they can be proud of.
• Actively working as part of a group will develop essential skills, such as communication and leadership, which can prove vital later on in life.
In summary, the Student Leadership Team discussed the main two mind-sets relating to education. As a whole, we decided that a growth mindset is more beneficial to the learner because it develops essential skills, expands your understanding and, most importantly, prepares you for challenges later on in life.
Tom Walker Head Boy
Alex Maraio Deputy Head Boy.