At Edenhurst, we always start with ‘Why?’ as described by Simon Sinek. Our ‘Why?’ is always about children and what is in their best interests. A Growth Mindset is possibly the most important tool we can provide our children with in their preparation for life.
Too often adults impose limits on children and at Edenhurst we believe that this is wrong. The potential of children is unlimited and they should be taught that. But there should always be a healthy dose of reality. Learning from failure and the importance of hard work should always be stressed.
Two years ago, we decided to bring Growth Mindset to life for our children. Our approach was to personify the learning dispositions and characteristics required. The first step was for us as staff to identify key traits to focus this work. Knowing our children, and based on research, we came up with: Open-Mindedness, Curiosity, Risk-taking, Courage, Perseverance and Resilience.
We translated these rather advanced concepts into child-friendly language and presented them to the children. The children were tasked with choosing and naming characters that represent these dispositions. A set of puppet animal Learning Friends were acquired and each classroom in the school now has access to a set of them. A talented parent of our the school, designed these amazing posters of our characters to display around the school to ensure that this message is always visible to children.
This is part of our language at our school. It is hugely powerful to hear 5-year-olds talk about Resilience with a real understanding of what that means, and why it is important. Growth Mindest is not a short term project and needs to inform what we do as a school, and be part of our DNA. Edenhurst is a school that believes in the potential of children, and provides them with the tools they need to succeed. Together we will grow our Growth Mindset.