Mindset Moment: Characteristics of a Growth Mindset- The Power of Perseverance

Our aim is to nurture an ethos in the school where children feel confident that they are able to embrace challenge and therefore as a consequence that not being successful first time is part of this process. This builds on the last focus on how making mistakes is an integral part of the learning process.

Persistence is the twin sister of excellence. One is a matter of quality; the other, a matter of time.’ Marabel Morgan

This week children will be looking at the power of perseverance.

Facing challenges requires children to be aware of the characteristics or attributes that they will require in order to be successful. This focusses on the attributes that we should nurture in learners to support them in seeking and managing challenge.

Challenge should be viewed by learners as ideal learning opportunities, a chance to extend their knowledge and skills beyond their current levels. ‘Be a better version of me!’

Art Costa’s Habits of Mind:

The 16 skills that equip learners to  respond using ‘cues, thought and intentional strategy in order to gain a positive outcome.’

  • Managing Impulsivity
  • Listening with understanding and empathy
  • Persisting
  • Thinking flexibily
  • Striving for accuracy and precision
  • Questioning and problem solving
  • Gathering data through all senses
  • Applying past knowledge to new situations
  • Thinking and communicating with clarity and precision
  • Creating, imaging and innovation
  • Responding with wonderment and awe
  • Finding humour
  • Thinking independently
  • Thinking about thinking
  • Learning continously