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  ‘Growth mindset’ is a term which has floated around for a little while now, and it is unsurprising that it is so popular in education: it is the belief that intelligence, talent and ability are open to change. Well, that’s what we’re here for!

This month we’ve had the pleasure of working with Mike Gershon, author of How to Develop Growth Mindsets in the Classroom: The Complete Guide, who shares his passion for nurturing growth mindsets in the classroom.

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Resources for growth mindset

Mike Gershon’s recent blog post explains how the best place to start promoting a growth mindset in the classroom is by using appropriate language yourself, particularly in the use of effective praise. As English teachers, we’re well-placed to model and teach the use of effective vocabulary: Mike’s resource featuring some effective phrases shows how you can put the theory into practice.

When marking, you can foster a growth mindset by using methods which encourage questioning, build confidence, open up possibilities and develop an understanding that correction and extension are necessary for learning. Marking for progress and PRAISE includes ideas for doing so effectively.

Central to the theory of growth mindset is the understanding that mistakes and setbacks are a natural part of learning, and that these should not be seen as barriers. Our resource Strategies for tackling writing weaknesses includes a range of effective strategies for targeting some of the most common writing challenges.

For a growth mindset slant on de Bono’s thinking hats, you could use the resource Reflecting with de Bono's thinking hats with a critical thinking steer. Encourage students to reflect on their efforts: how could they build on their strengths, grow their learning, identify challenges and change their approach next time?

Fix it writing

Fix it writing provides English teachers, non-specialist teachers and teaching assistants with a step-by-step guide to identifying and ‘fixing’ problems in students’ writing. Comprising two photocopiable downloads – a teacher handbook featuring detailed session plans and resources and a student workbook – Fix it writing is perfect for targeted support and intervention sessions at KS3.

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Read our most recent blog posts on the latest goings-on in the English teaching world. Here you’ll find our post on differentiation written by Sue Cowley and some of our other previous specialist resource writers, including speech and language specialists Victoria Honeybourne and Emela Milne, as well as plenty of teaching ideas.

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