Friday, 30 January 2015

Challenging the Mindset

It's great to be part of #edchatnz in this new year, the conversation and challenging thinking is proof that there are a great many educators in New Zealand with a growth mindset. 

The idea of mindset was apparently discovered by Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck, although despite it being the current "rage" on the net, I don't believe it is anything new to education. It is what we aspire to instill in our students. It has also been the basis of most self-improvement teachings and the "inborn" qualities of some of the worlds greatest men and women. In the end it is about believing in ourselves, in persevering, in being learners, and caring about people around us; it is about being what we are meant to be, the best we can be as human beings.

And yes there are always those who get stuck in a rut, I've been there myself, but it doesn't mean we have to stay there. Life is a growth mindset, sometimes we falter and lose sight, lose faith, and get stuck in a fixed mindset, but like all things in life with a bit of help from our friends: this too shall pass.