At Gateway we nurture resilient learners; having a positive attitude ensures children make progress in their learning. At Gateway our ASPIRE values reflect this. The value STRIVE is there to encourage the children to relish challenges and therefore, embrace their mistakes as part of the learning process. During our daily feedback to children during lessons, we guide children to learn from their mistakes and take their next step in learning. We value the importance of effort and perseverance, risk taking and celebrate mistakes as ways of learning.
A ‘growth mindset’ sees ability determined by effort and attitude as opposed to a ‘fixed mindset’ that sees potential as predetermined. As teachers and parents we have a positive role to play in modelling a “can do” attitude to new tasks. Instead of “I can’t do it,” we can think or say, “I can’t do it yet.” The old adage of “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try and try again,” comes to mind. One of the greatest joys as a teacher is seeing a young child who is so determined to achieve a new skill that they never give up until they have mastered it. At Gateway our classrooms are full of children with this positive attitude, it will serve them well in their future careers.
The following link suggests useful tips on supporting a growth mind set at home.
Mrs Suzanne Kemp