The Learning Pit is a tool that learners will be introduced to which helps them to visualise the process of managing challenge. When a learner is posed with a question or enquiry that they perceive as ‘hard’ we can support them to tackle this in a positive way.
We will be using the ‘Learning Pit’ which was developed by James Nottingham to help children respond to this cognitive wobble.
Our purpose in school is to learn.
The ideal conditions for new learning:
Tackling a concept or skill that will require dedicated mental and physical response that elicits thoughts such as ‘This is hard’ or ‘I can’t do this’ and then using all the skills discussed previously will result in deep learning. (Even although it feels demanding and stressful!)
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.
As we learn, we may need to try different approaches in order to be successful. It is important that we see this as an important part of our learning and recognise these as achievements. We can then use this knowledge in future tasks.
We are continuing our focus on how mistakes help us in the learning process.
Do you have any examples you can share with your child about a time when you learned something new as a result of a mistake or, how you continued to practise despite making mistakes and eventually achieved something worthwhile?
Although we may feel nervous about making mistakes, if we understand that every mistake we make is progress then we should celebrate and welcome mistakes as a vital part of the learning process. This week we will be exploring how we can support one another to use any mistakes we make to make progress in our learning.
Our next focus in developing a growth mind-set is on exploring just why making mistakes is such an important part of the learning process. Over the next few weeks we will be looking at the why the way we respond to mistakes is a powerful tool that changes our brain and helps us to become more successful.
Our first focus is Our Brains: Why mistakes matter.
Advances in technology have allowed us to look at the electrical activity that occurs when a growth mind-set brain recognises error – it lights up! This is evidence that new connections are being made -exactly what we need to start the learning process.