Mindset for Success-Secondary Schools
How do we develop a mindset for success in our students?
There has been much research over the last 20 years on the importance of having a mindset for success .The research has offered many insights into the achievement of success.
Carol Dweck's research reveals that an individual's belief about their intelligence and ability has a significant impact on their achievement. She advocates that there are two mindsets, fixed and growth, and that individuals with these mindsets hold very different beliefs about themselves. Having a growth mindset leads to greater success.
Angela Duckworth demonstrates in her research, that grit is a stronger predictor of success than intelligence. Grit is the perseverance to accomplish long-term or higher order goals in the face of challenges and setbacks.
Clough argues that mental toughness is a trait that can be developed in students. Mentally tough students are more likely to achieve better grades, have better attendance and demonstrate greater positivity (St Clair Thompson et al 2015). Using the research from these emminent academics I have developed the Mindset for Success Programme.
Students explores the following areas:
Understanding the brain and growth mindset.
Developing a vision for the future.
Application of effort to achieve goals.
Organisation of learning and time.
Commitment to Deliberate Independent Proactive Study (DIPS).
Developing a 'Gritty Attitude'.
The Programme can be delivered in many formats to suit the needs of the school.One approach - Students are introduced to the Programme in an interactive workshop.Further learning takes place in assemblies along with follow up with journal activities in structured tutor time.
There is also an opportunity for students to receive 1:1 coaching as part an optional part of this Programme.