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 somethin...
Some „natural‟ talents
We Love Talent...                   A genius...Effortless                       Incrediblybrilliance.                     ...
Schools love Talent...                 A talented                 student...   Gifted and  Low                            ...
Where does ability come           from? Fixed Mindset      Growth Mindset• Ability is        • Ability is  largely natural...
Who are our „most talented‟ English students?                     How much do they read?30000000                          ...
What if we add in some C/D borderliners?30000000250000002000000015000000                                                  ...
Mindset and Me   High-achieving at school   Told (and believed) that I was „talented‟ –    „good at English‟   Assumed ...
Mindset and Me                   Countless                     hours                 reading, playin                     g...
Mindset and Me - then   Got to University   Game had changed – introduced to concepts    and ideas beyond textual analys...
Mindset and Me - Now   I do not have natural talent in English   High-achievement was as a result of time    spent in an...
In the classroom?   Gaining an evidence-based belief in the    potential of all children   Changed the way I interact wi...
Matthew Syed – Bounce – onTalent   “The talent theory of expertise is not merely    flawed in theory, it is insidious in ...
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  1. 1. MINDSET AND MEOR ...HOW I LEARNT TO STOPWORRYING ABOUTABILITY, AND STARTEDTO BELIEVE IN EVERYSTUDENTTom Boulter
  2. 2. 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.‟
  3. 3. Some „natural‟ talents
  4. 4. We Love Talent... A genius...Effortless Incrediblybrilliance. gifted... .. An The most amazing talented of talent... his She‟s a generation... natural ...
  5. 5. Schools love Talent... A talented student... Gifted and Low talented... abilitystudents Mixed The most ability... talented of his year... Talent walls...
  6. 6. 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
  7. 7. Who are our „most talented‟ English students? How much do they read?30000000 25 million, 920 thousand words read25000000 through reading books, whilst at Words read so SS20000000 far at Sec School Series11500000010000000 Words read per year5000000 0 Student Student Student 1 2 3
  8. 8. What if we add in some C/D borderliners?30000000250000002000000015000000 Series110000000 5000000 0 EllieEllie Rob Rob April April Jack Jack Zoe Zoe CJ CJ Studen (WPY)(WAC) Studen Studen (WPY) (WAC) Studen Studen (WPY)(WAC) Studen t1 t2 t3 t4 t5 t6
  9. 9. 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
  10. 10. Mindset and Me Countless hours reading, playin g word games, talking to English teachers etc etc
  11. 11. 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
  12. 12. 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
  13. 13. 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
  14. 14. 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?”

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