About a year ago I was preparing to launch growth mindset to the whole staff. Questionnaires to staff and students were going out and I was beginning to number crunch, wanting to be able to share the ‘mindset picture’ of our school with staff. We needed to understand the precise nature of this concept within our context.
So now Im preparing the questionnaires to go out once again. More number crunching, some comparison of student flight paths for attainment. I don’t know what the information will show but I do know that the language and attitude of students is notably different. In class last week I had a year 9 compare Iranaeaus’ theodicy with growth mindset – the shared concept of moving towards perfection through failure and mistakes! Then there is the PE teacher telling me about the netball girls talk of growth mindset after a challenging match. These are all promising signs.
So in the next month I hope to be able to draw some conclusions from the new data. But more than this I hope to be able to identify what next. This is not a one year wonder, or a tick on a list, this is part of developing and embedding a can do culture. This can do culture will need staff who are also really of the growth mindset too.
More on what next in the next blog!