This week we will be focussing on having a Growth Mindset. I have written about the concept of Growth Mindset on this blog before, but in order to grow and succeed, it is important to keep working on things, to keep trying, to try new things and literally grow your brain. Having a growth mindset is about attitude too and not giving up when something seems too hard.
Grit is about having the courage and strength to keep trying, even when things are challenging. I guess you could think of grit as being like stamina.
Can you think of an example of when you have used Grit and/or a growth mindset?
Persistence means I work hard to finish what I start. I don’t give up.
“If Perseverance (persistence) is your top strength, you work hard to finish what you start. No matter the project, you “get it out the door” in timely fashion. You do not get distracted when you work, and you take satisfaction in completing tasks”.
According to Angela Duckworth it is “grit” that makes people successful. Grit is a combination of passion and persistence (perseverance) and can grow. Grit is a bit like drive and is the secret to outstanding achievement.
There are so many stories about people who have used persistence and grit to achieve success. Who is your favourite fictional character or real person who has worked hard and become successful at something?
This week we have been learning about Persistence, one of the 24 Character Strengths.
Persistence means working hard to finish what you start and not giving up.
We had fun learning how to juggle. Juggling is an activity that requires persistence and we are going to practise our juggling until we see some improvement.
We read “The Most Magnificent Thing,” a book about a girl who shows determination and persistence to reach an outcome.
Persistence is closely linked to “Growth Mindset”.
We’ve enjoyed watching the “Growth Mindset” series on Class Dojo. These short videos were put together by Carol Dweck, the lady who developed the idea of “Growth Mindsets” to help children to learn.
People with a growth mindset understand that through effort and persistence you can change and grow your brain to achieve success. The more you try, the brainier you will become because the brain has the ability to grow and change. It is good to make mistakes because mistakes enable us to improve and learn. Instead of saying “I can’t do it”, people with a growth mindset say, “I can’t do it yet.” The final film is about “The Dip” which is like a hole that you can fall into when you first try something new. Although it might be frustrating, people with a growth mindset are determined and eventually climb out of the dip. They end up proud of their effort.
Can you think of a time when you had a growth mindset?
Our year has got off to a fabulous start. Everyone in 3A understands and is able to use all of the Keys To Success. These are Organisation, Getting Along, Confidence, Persistence and Resilience.
Today we learnt about Persistence and the importance of having a growth mindset. We came up with some positive ways of thinking. For example instead of thinking or saying “I can’t do this!” say “This is hard but I am going to try my best.”
We also talked about setting goals that we can work towards achieving.
These photos are of 3A interviewing a partner to find out how they are the same and how they are different. The student’s used Venn Diagrams to show their results.