"“It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.”
Praise Process and Effort
Make your own reward stickers to process on praising effort not achievement and outcomes. Just get some sticky labels and get the kids to design stickers for 'awesome efforts', 'up for a challenge' and aiming high. Or buy a pack of ours here.
My Magic Mistakes
Draw a self portrait for every member of the family and every day we all put a star on our portrait with an example of a mistake we've made how we've learnt from it - and celebrate that our brain has grown by trying new things and going further than we would have done if we hadn't been brave enough to make mistakes.
Some Ideas ....
Help children find and feed their 'spark'
Encourage children to notice the effort made, practice and hard work, taking on challenges they've done in something they love doing... Help them find 'their spark', something they love doing and celebrate what they learn in this...so they can feel good about their learning overall, not just in school and learn to build a habit of learning for the love of it... not just the outcome.
Want More Info?
Read Carol Dweck's fantastic book, Mindset: The New Psychology of Success for more about growth mindset.
And find videos on youtube great growth mindset poster, resources and ideas on pinterest. Just search for growth mindset.
The Science Bit....
Keeping learning has been proved to make a difference to adults’ wellbeing and If we want to create children who enjoy learning, not anxious and stressed and governed by exam fear… we can teach a mindset and strategies for learning with less stress so they want to enjoy the process of learning, rather than focusing on the outcome. “The growth mindset, developed by Professor Carol Dweck…. Helps kids to learn more and outperform those with a fixed mindset, enjoy the actual activities and act of learning more and embrace challenge and aim high. Praising the process and effort, not the outcome…. embracing failures and mistakes encourages more enjoyable success. If we prasie their gift , talets or abilities - with a 'fixed mindset' – for example saying people are 'clever' or… ‘good at sport’…or that they have ‘ a maths brain’…. they become scared of disproving it… don’t want to try things that are harder in case they're not good at it… but if we praise the process of learning, the effort made, the risks taken, children want to learn more, try harder and enjoy the feeling of effort rather than beign worried about the outcome.
This video shows just how important it is to praise the right thing!