Tag Archives: mindset

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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In which I discuss the difference between work, play and deliberate practice

As part of my research into Growth Mindset, I’ve read such works as Mindset [1], Quiet [2], Drive [3], Outliers [4], Talent Is Overrated [5] and The Talent Code [6]. One thing that these works have in common is that … Continue reading

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In which I review ‘Punished by Rewards’ by Alfie Kohn

My Growth Mindset research and development project has led me in some unexpected directions. Over the past few months my reading around the idea of intrinsic motivation has led me from Judith Butler’s research into formative feedback [1] via Daniel … Continue reading

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In which I consider the relationship between AfL and Growth Mindset

One of the most oft-cited research projects in the AfL literature is Ruth Butler’s 1988 study on the effect of comment-only marking on learning gains: ‘Butler was interested in the type of feedback that students received on their written work. … Continue reading

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In which I ask whether SOLO Taxonomy can be used to develop a growth mindset

I should be clear from the outset this post aims to outline the thought process by which we arrived at a research question for our research and development project on the growth mindset. It does not, at this stage, aim … Continue reading

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In which I start to consider specific teaching strategies to develop a growth mindset

In my previous post, [1] I suggested a series of whole-school and departmental level strategies that followed from my reading of Dweck’s Mindset. [2] However, the book came up somewhat short on translating this into classroom practice. My only concrete … Continue reading

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In which I start a 6 month research and development project on the ‘Growth Mindset’

In December 2013, I successfully applied for a TLR post working on a 6-month research and development project on the growth mindset. My starting point was to go back and re-read Mindset, with a specific focus on chapter 7 (on … Continue reading

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