What do Thomas Edison, Oprah Winfrey, Sir Richard Branson, J K Rowling and Nelson Mandela have in common?
- They’re all very successful/ influential
- They persevered against the odds
- They were once children
Well 3 is clearly a given, however as educators we frequently fail to see that some of the children who struggle most to access the curriculum could be as influential as any of these individuals.
What is it that’s so different about these individuals? They were all able to ignore the advice of others, well-educated teachers who thought they may have been giving good advice. In some cases ignoring the advice of parents and other significant adults in their lives. Succeeding in spite of the system, not because of it.
All of these individuals had the ability to maintain a growth mindset, despite all the negativity ‘can’t do’ attitude that was thrown at them. Why doesn’t education work harder to fit the learning needs of children and even in the 21st century continue to expect children to meet very specific expectations?
So how can we really embed growth mindset throughout the school? As a senior management team, it needs to start with how we promote growth mindset throughout out staff team, we can’t promote mistake making, risk taking, give it a go attitude throughout the children if we’re not practicing this as adults. We have created a presentation and power points to help you promote it to your team. View the presentation here.