This TED Talk by Professor Carol Dweck provides a good catch-all summary and introduction for anybody wanting to start doing some thinking around Growth Mindsets.
I’ll be adding this to the Core Professional Curriculum iTunesU course we have at school. This talk is only 10 minutes, so we’ll be using it as an introduction to the start of an EduBook Club Meeting. It also works well as a stimulus for a departmental meeting with a team wanting to undertake some subject-specific action research or a staff meeting in a smaller setting where you want to start focusing in on the big hitters such as motivation and engagement.
Here are just a few prompt questions I have posed in the past when using Ted Talks and other short videos and podcasts of educational thinkers in this way:
- What do I know about the perceptions my pupils have of their own ability and how can I find out?
- How does this relate to me, in my subject area, for the groups I teach?
- How can I use the information from this research to refine my questioning to encourage pupils to refine, redraft and act on feedback?
- In what ways does this prompt me to consider the way I design learning activities?
- How does teacher-mindset influence verbal and written feedback?
- How can we develop a shared language of learning that explicitly promotes the belief that learning is a developmental process?
Dweck’s earlier book, Self Theories is well worth a read (be warned, it’s quite pricey!) as it gets right into the different ways that pupils perceive their own ability, respond to praise, feedback and criticism, based on years of research undertaken by Dweck and her team.