Month: September 2014

How do you explain a concept like Growth Mindset?

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I have written before about my thoughts around Growth Mindset. Whilst I appreciate the valid concerns expressed by others about the dangers of overstatement and the need for coherent informed implementation, I very much believe that Dweck’s theories about learning and growth have an important role to play in educating young people – for now and for the future – and that her ideas can really help the students in our school to go from strength to strength.

After spending a considerable amount of time over the past few months with our staff thinking through the meaning and implication of Growth Mindset, I think it is fair to say that the vast majority of the adults in the building subscribe to the view that intelligence can be improved through a combination of hard work, clear feedback and spending time on the right kind of targeted activities. There is a recognition that…

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CPD and the Second Law of Thermodynamics

Interesting ideas about Professional Learning…

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‘Time is the school in which we learn, / Time is the fire in which we burn.’

Delmore Schwartz

CPD and the Second Law of Thermodynamics

Thermodynamics is the study of heat and energy. Its laws describe how energy moves around within a system. The first law describes how energy can never be created or destroyed, only transformed from one form to another. The second law concerns inefficiency, degeneration and decay, and it expresses the idea that without external energy closed systems naturally progress from order to disorder or entropy.

Schools are complex systems, with interacting or interdependent components that come together to form an integrated whole. As with all other systems, schools need external energies sources to help them thrive and to prevent the steady onset of entropy. This post outlines how we are hoping to keep our school system vibrant by harnessing the external energies of educational research…

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