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About carljphillips

Geography teacher. PhD in cultural/historical geography (Nott'm., 2006). SF/F genre fiction fan. Liverpool FC supporter. Libertarian. Humanist. Etc. I blog about the theory and practice of Geography teaching, and teaching in general.

In which I launch my Growth Mindset education manifesto

In order to promote a growth mindset amongst students, teachers should: Eliminate the use of extrinsic motivators, like: Target grades; Graded learning outcomes; Summative marking; Reward points; Promote intrinsic motivation, using: Modelled exemplars; Clear success criteria; Formative (comment-only) feedback; Praise, … Continue reading

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What Russian tennis tells us about talent | Living and teaching in Spain

Originally posted on The Echo Chamber:
Is talent innate, a birthright awarded to the lucky few, or is it something that we all have if it is developed correctly? Given the right experience and opportunities can we all excel? What Russian…

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Growth mindset: What interventions might work and what probably won’t?

Originally posted on Evidence into Practice:
Whether discussed under the guise of ‘resilience’, ‘grit’ or ‘character’, there appears to be a great appetite for psychologically manipulating pupils’ personalities or their attributions about school. One concept which has particularly captured the…

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Life without lesson observation grades

Originally posted on Class Teaching:
? In April 2014 we stopped grading lesson observations.  This post looks at why we did it (and why every school should) and what we’ve noticed since. Why we stopped grading lesson observations Judging a…

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Try Harder

Originally posted on problemsinprimary:
Like many schools, we’ve been embedding growth mindset into our school culture over the last couple of years. Although I find the overarching message an attractive and useful one, I’ve been persuaded by a couple of…

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Assessment Without Levels – The story so far

Originally posted on Class Teaching:
? In May 2014 we were awarded a DfE Innovation Fund to develop a method of assessing without levels in KS3.  We saw this as an opportunity to reclaim purposeful assessment and so came up…

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A defence of the fixed mindset

Originally posted on The Echo Chamber:
The growth mindset has been so universally heralded as ‘a good thing’ that it’s in danger of becoming one of those memes we think withrather than about. A number of commentators have been critical of the…

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Growing Gritty Learners — Love Learning Ideas

Originally posted on The Echo Chamber:
37 ideas to grow gritty learners  ‘Character education’ is currently being offered as the latest panacea to Britain’s persistent education gap (see here). Growing Gritty Learners — Love Learning Ideas

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Why is a Growth Mindset so difficult to maintain?

Originally posted on Psych(ed):
I am great believer in the view that the way in which we view intelligence and ability can have a major impact on achievement. So-called ‘implicit theories of intelligent’ have managed to reach a much…

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Do we really have a growth mindset?

Originally posted on The Echo Chamber:
The ladder of life is full of splinters, but they always prick the hardest when we’re sliding down. Samuel Clemens I spoke at a Growth Mindset conference with Olympian and sports journalist Matthew Syed…

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