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The Global Search for Education: I Believe I Can Grow

Education World – Cathy Rubin

“Carol Dweck’s growth mindset research has found that children who believe their talents and abilities can be developed through hard work, perseverance and lots of good mentoring from others are willing to take on more learning challenges. When faced with these challenges, they are more resilient and more likely to succeed, particularly children from vulnerable populations.” (more)

The art of reflection: how to become a more thoughtful educator

The Guardian – Jamie Thom

“Most teachers are passionate about what they do. But research suggests that after the first few years of teaching they can begin to stagnate in their practice. It’s easy for frustrations about making the same mistakes to creep in, and we often look for quick fixes. As Dylan William suggests: “Teachers are like magpies. They love picking up shiny little ideas from one classroom; taking it back to their classroom; trying it once, and then moving on to the next shiny idea.” So how can teachers energise themselves and become more thoughtful educators? I’ve found that taking control of my development through regular reflection and follow-up actions has helped me take ownership of my teaching and better understand how I can improve.” (more)

Mindfulness in High School

Edutopia – Mary Davenport

“Some classrooms have a certain aura, don’t they? When you enter, there’s a sense of peace, community, clarity, and active presence from all stakeholders. That is the kind of classroom I want to create, and one way I’ve sought to accomplish this is by taking a course in mindfulness for educators. Since then, I have led daily mindful moments in all of my classes. It’s been transformative for classroom culture.” (more)

Every school needs a staff wellbeing team – here’s how to start one

The Guardian – Daniella Lang

“I started as headteacher at Brimsdown primary school in Enfield, north London, during a troubling time for the school. There had been two requires improvement Ofsted inspections, and it was judged to be in the lowest 10% for year 6 reading progress. The subsequent changes my leadership team and I made – a new English and phonics scheme, for example – and redundancies during the first year left staff morale low. So I made the decision to start a staff wellbeing team, and asked for volunteers from the teaching staff to help. The results have been extraordinary.” (more)

Young Adult Novels That Teach a Growth Mindset

Edutopia – Robert Ward

“Heroes in books and movies captivate kids, many of whom could teach a master class on these characters. The fresh perspective teachers can offer is how students themselves can and should be heroes. As advocates of growth mindset, we can teach children that heroism does not require obsession with perfection or product. We should show students that we also value process and progress. Heroic stories can help: They teach students about mitigating mistakes, learning from loss, and overcoming adversity, all of which are key elements of growth mindset.”(more)

Research every teacher should know: growth mindset

The Guardian – Bradley Busch

“Growth mindset – the idea that intelligence can be developed rather than it being set in stone – is arguably the most popular psychological theory in education at the moment. It was launched into mainstream consciousness after a seminal growth mindset study almost 20 years ago and has since spawned many assemblies and form tutor-time activities. But what were the findings of this influential study?.”(more)