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1 Perseverance and Resilience
How do we teach it? How do we get it? I want some!

2 Activity Brain Teaser! They are numbers for houses and it's $1 per digit How long did you spend on the brain teaser?

3 Activity Below is a list of human attributes. Which ones are static/unchanging and which are unfixed/flexible? Psychopathology Sexual orientation Intelligence Creativity Adult height Ask participants to form a line across the room to denote their belief – continuum.

4 Growth vs Fixed Mindsets
Mindset – a set of beliefs or a way of thinking that determines one’s behaviour, outlook and mental attitude. Growth Mindset – Intelligence is a quality that can be changed and developed (Dweck, 2008) Fixed Mindset - Intelligence is a fixed trait (Dweck, 2008)

5 The Brain is like a muscle – it gets smarter the more it ‘works out’.
Research shows that intelligence is malleable

6 Evidence of neuralplasticity
An illustration of a synapse, which won first prize in the illustration category in the 2005 Science Magazine and NSF Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge. Credit: Graham Johnson/NSF Image from:

7 Can gaining a growth mindset really affect learning outcomes?
Many studies have shown statistically significant increases in learning outcomes via a range of growth mindset related interventions. These are brief, simple interventions that any teacher can implement. Growth mindsets enable resilience and perseverance.

8 Strategies for building growth mindsets
Build a Growth Mindset culture in your classroom through a collaborative process – Engoori. (developed by Scott Gorringe, Director of MurriMatters)

9 What is Engoori? A strategy with Indigenous roots, for developing a new culture/way of being together for the best outcomes for all. Remember – cultures are a collective way of - Perceiving Thinking Judging Responding Behaving that characterise any group of people.

10 Values that support a Growth mindset culture
Brainstorm Courage, Presence, Patience, Honour, Challenge

11 Behaviours or habits that support Growth Mindset values
Responding effectively to constructive feedback – with possibility not defensiveness. Willingness “to have a go.” Learning from mistakes. Being ‘present’ in class. ????? Any more

12 Beliefs that support Academic Growth Mindset
I belong in this learning community. I can change my abilities through effort (a growth mindset). I can succeed. This work has value and purpose for me.

13 Unconscious underlying cultural assumptions - Warning!!
Beliefs – “It doesn’t matter how hard I work, I am just not academic.” “Kids doing a tertiary package will do better in life than the accredited kids.” Values – “Sport is better than academics.” “Education is a waste of time.” Stories/narrative – “No one in my family finished school so I don’t see why I will be any different.”

14 How can teachers foster growth mindsets?
Give constructive feedback to students with the underlying belief that they will and can improve. E.g. “Your thesis might be clearer if you state, point by point, your opponent’s view, as clearly and objectively as you can. Then you can deal with each of the arguments and show the weakness in the position.” (“What’s your main point here? If it’s that you disagree, put that idea up front and explain.” (Lunsford, 1997) and provides clear direction: (“Consider integrating these ideas.” And “Be more specific. Say where and when.” (Chamberlain, Dison & Button, 1998)

15 See effort as the path to mastery - Specific praise – praise effort not qualities
Do: “I am impressed with how much revision you did for the math test.” “This chemistry problem is really hard, but you are sticking at it. Well done.” Don’t: “Wow you got such a high mark – you’re so smart!”

16 Persist in the face of setbacks - Show students strategies they can use when they become stuck e.g. use the 5Bs: 1. Encourage students to think about it first (Brain), 2. Look in their notes/text book/internet, 3. Look on the board (or a display) 4. Ask a friend (Buddy). 5. If after all of this they are still stuck, ask the teacher (Boss)



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