Becoming a Growth Mindset School explores the theories which underpin a growth mindset ethos and lays out how to embed them into the culture of a school. It offers step-by-step guidance for school leaders to help build an approach to teaching and learning that will encourage children to embrace challenge, persist in the face of setback, and see effort as the path to mastery. The book isn't about quick fixes or miracle cures, but an evidence-based transformation of the way we think and talk about teaching, leading, and learning.
Drawing upon his own extensive experience and underpinned by the groundbreaking scholarship of Carol Dweck, Angela Duckworth, and others, Chris Hildrew navigates the difficulties, practicalities, and opportunities presented by implementing a growth mindset, such as:
forming a growth mindset curriculum
launching a growth mindset with staff
marking, assessing, and giving feedback with a growth mindset
growth mindset misconceptions and potential mistakes
family involvement with a growth mindset.
Innovatively and accessibly written, this thoroughly researched guide shows how a growth mindset ethos benefits the whole school community, from its students and teachers to parents and governors. Becoming A Growth Mindset School will be of invaluable use to all educational leaders and practitioners.
Chris Hildrew is Headteacher at Churchill Academy & Sixth Form, UK. He has launched and developed a growth mindset ethos as Deputy Headteacher at Chew Valley School and as Headteacher at Churchill Academy & Sixth Form. Chris also provides training to other schools wishing to embed a growth mindset ethos.
Foreword Introduction Chapter 1: What is growth mindset? Chapter 2: Character Education Chapter 3: Why growth mindset? Chapter 4: The Biscuit Club Chapter 5: Launching growth mindset with staff Chapter 6: Leading with a growth mindset Chapter 7: A growth mindset curriculum Chapter 8: Attitude determines altitude Chapter 9: Language and interaction in a growth mindset school Chapter 10: Marking, assessment and feedback with a growth mindset Chapter 11: Staff development in a growth mindset school Chapter 12: Growth mindset for families Chapter 13: Growth mindset misconceptions and missteps Chapter 14: Towards a growth mindset culture Acknowledgements Bibliography Index