Parents as First Teachers
Children learn by example. They need to be involved and converse with adults who are interested and prepared to share ideas and experiences with them. Everyday happenings are an invaluable basis for learning at home and in the wider community. Talking with our children, showing an interest in their interests enables them to build capability and confidence in themselves. Children are curious by nature and asking lots of questions helps them to grow.
Our aim is to encourage our child to ‘wonder’ about the world around them through learning about and developing a Growth Mindset.
Why is Growth Mindset Important?
We are all born to learn - most babies are excited to learn. However, as soon as children are able to compare themselves to others, some will stop focusing on learning and will instead focus on performance; they want to look good in front of others and more importantly, they want to feel like they are the best.
Practising growth mindset theory with children is a great way to get them engaged with subjects and activities that they might try to avoid through fear of getting things wrong or "not being good enough".
Growth Mindset - What is it?
Growth Mindset is a belief that most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work - brains and talent are just the starting point. This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment. Virtually all great people have had these qualities. Teaching a growth mindset creates motivation and productivity in the worlds of business, education, and sports. It enhances relationships. If you read the book “Mindset” by Carol Dweck, you’ll see how.
The opposite of Growth Mindset is Fixed Mindset. In a fixed mindset, people believe their basic qualities, like their intelligence or talent, are simply fixed traits. They spend their time documenting their intelligence or talent instead of developing them. They also believe that talent alone creates success - without effort. They’re wrong.
Not knowing, lack of confidence, not wanting to risk getting it wrong - this is what it is like for 70 - 80 % of our children. They don't want to put their hand up because … they don’t want to look silly in front of their peers … are afraid of the word “shame” … are afraid to “fail’.
What we need is a new attitude to FAILURE.
We bring about this attitude change by introducing and applying Growth Mindset.
At Mangere Central School we aim to provide a sustainable 21st Century Environment where Learners are Empowered to ‘take flight’ in our Global Community and have a go!
This term we have the opportunity to employ a part-time Te Reo and Music teacher. Some of our senior children are applying Growth Mindset and taking the risk to learn something new.