We all have students who dislike attending school, and will take a day off at any opportunity. I often ask why this is, and when we look at all of the fun things students do outside of school, it is no wonder that they would rather be at home. They can explore, operate by their own schedules, don’t have overbearing adults watching over their every move and telling them what to do every minute of the day. At home students learn from their earliest years and then at the age of approximately 5 years old they are pushed off to an environment that pushes and prods them into a form of learning that is more often than not, not the best learning environment or technique.
Although attending school is not something that we can change in the near future, there are things that teachers can do to improve the engagement and mindset of the reluctant students in our classrooms, and it all comes down to one key word. Mindset.
This week I attended a very interesting presentation discussing changing paradigms of Education and challenging the students to learn and re-engage with their learning. Martin Westwell, From Flinders University, Adelaide and the Science of Learning Research Centre, shared some interesting research and ideas on how mindset can positively or adversely affect performance and achievement.
This is my record of the presentation:
These key words truly resonated with me and I was also keen to action the phrase “Don’t work harder than your students”. This something that many of my colleagues have heard, but I have not. So I am looking at all of my work with a fresh mindset and a new outlook on the work and context of the curriculum I deliver to ensure the positive experiences that my students have.
This TEDx talk is a great explanation of the concepts that Martin Westwell presented to us.
We will explore, problem solve and share achievements in a positive manner and emphasise the positive self talk for all.
What praise do you give your students?
What type of mindset do you have?
How can you change your mindset and that of your students?
I answer these questions with the “It depends” phrase because in different situations for me “it depends…”
What about you?