MINDSET AND MEOR ...HOW I LEARNT TO STOPWORRYING ABOUTABILITY, AND STARTEDTO BELIEVE IN EVERYSTUDENTTom Boulter
Dominant attitudes towards talent /abilityCommon beliefs The Genius in Us All - Schenk Ability is something You are „dealt a that we are born genetic hand‟ and with – it‟s in our then „do your best‟, genes and innate aiming to „fulfil your The level of success potential‟ we can individually reach is largely „Genes dictate. dictated by our level Genes instruct. of ability Genes determine.‟
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Where does ability come from? Fixed Mindset Growth Mindset• Ability is • Ability is largely natural something that – people are is grown and just born that developed – way they‟ve learnt to be good
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Mindset and Me High-achieving at school Told (and believed) that I was „talented‟ – „good at English‟ Assumed that it ran in the family – genetic justification
Mindset and Me Countless hours reading, playin g word games, talking to English teachers etc etc
Mindset and Me - then Got to University Game had changed – introduced to concepts and ideas beyond textual analysis Floundered – no experience of failure, explicit learning, learning strategies Significant impact on results Significant impact on self-perception and self- esteem
Mindset and Me - Now I do not have natural talent in English High-achievement was as a result of time spent in an environment which developed the necessary skills I could get much better as an analyst / writer if I created the right conditions and chose to I could do the same with Maths, fishing, Swahili, playing the oboe, teaching, leadership, conkers etc etc etc
In the classroom? Gaining an evidence-based belief in the potential of all children Changed the way I interact with students in ways that are impossible to control… … and impossible to fake
Matthew Syed – Bounce – onTalent “The talent theory of expertise is not merely flawed in theory, it is insidious in practice, robbing individuals and institutions of the motivation to change themselves and society.” “Even if we can‟t bring ourselves to embrace the idea that expertise is ultimately about the quality and quantity of practice, can‟t we accept that practice is far more significant than previously thought? That talent is a largely defunct concept? That each and every one of us has the potential to tread the path to excellence?”