‘Our job isn’t to help kids reach potential – but to exceed what they think they can do.’ John Hattie

This is more easily said then done, specifically when only done by one member of staff. In order to develop a growth mindset a culture shift is required at a whole school level, in order to provide students with consistency.

As you are probably aware there are two types of achievement mindsets:

  1. Fixed mindset – The students mindset is fixed and not open to change
  1. Growth mindset – The student displays ability, alongside motivation, effort. These students can become and achieve almost anything.

In order to develop growth mindsets we as educators need to be getting students to reflect on their mindsets. In my classroom I am trialing a few strategies, that over time should allow students to develop and work towards a growth mindset:

  1. Using displays to demonstrate growth mindset approaches, which are constantly referred to in lessons


2. Introducing students with a step by step approach to success i.e. baby steps

3. Regularly celebrating students who challenge themselves in any way

4. Reward students with positive praise when they make a mistake, but learn from their mistake. I am even using a ‘Mistake of the week’ board to demonstrate how students overcome their mistakes


5. Highlight growth mindsets within assessments