The power of believing you can improve is the driving force behind our philosophy of education.
West Moors Middle School is a place Where Minds Move Skywards. We regularly encourage pupils to accept challenges, practise hard and reflect on feedback. We firmly believe that to fail is simply the first attempt in learning. In this way, all pupils are encouraged to aim high and maximise their potential.
What is a Growth Mindset?
The Growth Mindset is all about encouraging children to actively engage with their own learning, by adopting a more positive and open frame of mind. It’s very easy to feel restricted by our mistakes and capabilities, but we are trying to prove that these mistakes can be overcome and used to improve yourself further. We hold closely the notion of it’s not “I can’t do it! It’s I can’t do it YET!” By encouraging children to adopt this mindset, we are promoting perseverance and resilience.
The Learning Pit
At West Moors Middle School, we often refer to the ‘Learning Pit’, which is a metaphor about overcoming a challenging situation or piece of learning. The image below demonstrates this process. When the children reach a challenge or something they can not do yet, they have, in essence, ‘fallen into the pit’. We all know how it feels to be stuck on something and feel like there is no way out. However, the growth mindset is encouraging children to approach that situation in a much more positive way. Instead of feeling overwhelmed and wanting to give up, they seek help, practice or persevere through the difficulty, until it starts to make more sense. At this point, they are beginning to claw their way back up and out of the pit. It is when they have achieved that task and got out of the pit, that they have that Eureka moment, which is celebrated on an individual, one-to-one and school level. This can be through the form of simple classroom rewards or by being acknowledged and celebrated by the head teacher in whole school assemblies.