Mindsets are an important part of your personality, but can you change them? We believe by knowing, understanding and being self aware of your mindset, you can influence your thoughts, language and actions. Teachers and parents have a powerful opportunity to influence students' mindsets, so we have developed a series of strands in which they support, guide and advise you in how you can cultivate a growth mindset culture within your community, to include all staff, children and parents.
So why is developing a Growth Mindset fundamental to learning?
As soon as children become able to evaluate themselves, some
of them become afraid of, or avoid challenges, fear of making
mistakes, see feedback as a personal criticism and consider
effort to be fruitless. Making a Mindset Move ultimately changes
how we approach learning. This shift over time leads to higher
achievement and improved mental health. Those that believe
their abilities are malleable are more likely to embrace challenges
and persist despite failure and if abilities can be expanded - if
change and growth are possible - then there are still many paths
Liz and Gemma are passionate about ensuring your staff and children unlock their potential!
How Grow Your Mindset will support your school.
All staff are invited to take part in highly engaging and informative Grow your Mindset training, learning the fundamental principles of Growth Mindset and the common misconceptions about delivering it in schools. With 25 years teaching experience (including 7 years SENCO) between us, we have seen how successful a Growth Mindset school can be, and so want to share that knowledge with all school staff in their first step of developing a whole school culture.
Our workshops cover what the main principles are, practical advice and can also show links with behaviour management.
We know how you feel after teaching all day. We know from our experience as teachers, that every minute is precious, which made it even more important for us to give you the high quality training you deserve and need. We promise fun, games and thought provoking activities. Developing you own mindset is incredibly valuable and time needs to be given to reflect and think about our own mindsets before developing it in our classes.
We can accommodate classes from Reception right up to their final years in college to develop an understanding of Growth Mindset. Using animations, collaborative activities, story and engaging songs, classes will have a deeper knowledge of how their brain learns. The workshops are tailored to the age range of the class and no 2 workshops are the same. We invite staff to fully participate to enhance their own understanding alongside the class they teach.
We will also Team Teach and plan with staff, weaving the development of mindsets through everyday lessons. We know there is a lot of information out there about what Growth Mindset is, but now really much about the HOW to implement it successfully. We have been working very hard to develop tried and tested strategies through our research. With our expertise, we can show you some tricks of the trade so you can continue to develop your classroom culture and break down those barriers that can hinder learning.
Here we offer individuals, small groups or even a particular year group, a more focused, personal experience with regular Growth Mindset interventions, to develop confidence, engagement and to reinforce what learning looks and feels like. Using a variety of hands on activities we guarantee engagement, focus and fun!
Our most popular strand, we aim to Mindset Motivate. With regular sessions over a period of time, mindsets can be transformed. We liaise with staff and leave valuable resources for them to continue the work covered in between and after our sessions.
As teachers we know you will have those individuals who need extra support to hook into learning. It might be those children who are less confident, sensitive to what goes on around them and they may display anxieties in a variety of ways. GyM Sprint is perfect for these individuals.. These sessions work on changing their internal dialogue to become more growth orientated.
Our newest strand is here to further support and develop your staff to be the best version of themselves, whilst finding a sustainable solution to developing your Growth Mindset culture across the school community.
In GyM Coach, we work in a small team to develop their practise on the front line, with their classes.
We conduct lesson studies, looking for areas for development and developing a real solid plan on how to achieve their goals and ambitions. We look for solutions, not problems and meet regularly to discuss progress, but we also encourage peer to peer support. We use only the best examples and success stories to be inspired from, nourishing your staff, believing in their potential, raising confidence and self esteem to then watch them flourish in the classroom and beyond.
To communicate your school's vision and to embrace the wider community into your journey, we offer workshops for parents, carers, lunch time supervisors, administrators, governors and even the caretaker! They are just as an important part of the journey as children and staff and with their involvement the impact and consistency is increased dramatically. It's an important ingredient to ensure your vision goes from strength to strength.
These can be as practical as you like. We have delivered a number of successful workshops and can discuss with you how to get the best from them.
We have received feedback from parents and carers who have noted that since changing their own mindset and being more reflective, it has made positive changes on their home life and their wider family.
Remember, a great team is many
A fun Growth Mindset 'Activity Day' awaits each class to embed their learning and understanding of the principles of Growth Mindset. Challenges, races and teamwork will all be involved to get your children up and moving. Within Brain Gym, the children are up, being energetic and having fun whilst reinforcing the principles of Growth Mindset, so get your trainers at the ready!
They will work collaboratively to solve problems and puzzles and as the session finishes we will hop back into our 'Brain Space' for some reflection and discussion of highly achievable strategies for children to use for life.
This really is a fast paced but memorable day.
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It's a fact that nearly half of all lifetime mental illnesses emerge by the age of 14.
Recent research (J.L Schleider and J.R Weisz 2016) proposed by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) emphasises that "Mindset intervention may be useful in the context of both prevention and treatment efforts to reduce youth internalising difficulties. It's ability to reduce risk factors and strengthen resilience factors linked to youth internalising distress suggests that mindset intervention may help prevent the onset of full blown anxiety or depressive disorders."
Growth Mindset vs Mental Illness
WHAT schools SAY
As a whole school we have genuinely benefited from our Grow your Mindset sessions, due to Gemma and Liz tailoring the training to the needs of both our staff and children. They used a mix of theory and practical experience which instilled confidence in us as a team.
Kelly Devine - Headteacher @Waterfoot Primary School