Blog Post: Term 3, Week 8, 2018
Last week we looked at the focus for staff at Calderwood Christian School for the remainder of 2018. During our professional development sessions this term, staff at Calderwood Christian School have been celebrating learning by exploring ways to improve teaching and learning. We have examined the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers and the Christian Distinctive Teacher Standards to identify what teachers should know and be able to do, and to set our goals to improve our craft. We recognise that a teacher needs to continually learn and develop their teaching to improve students’ learning and so should aim to improve at every opportunity.
Staff have taken on the challenge of modelling a growth mindset to our students by learning through failure, celebrating mistakes that lead to growth, working hard to try new things and believing that our intelligence can grow.
A growth mindset says, “I can grow and change”, where a fixed mindset says, “I am what I am and I can’t change”.
How can a growth mindset be applied at home?
Research shows that parents can have a powerful impact on their childrens’ mindsets. The language you use and the actions you take show your children what you expect. Giving process praise, talking about the brain, accepting mistakes as learning opportunities, and understanding the role of emotions in learning are all practices you can begin today.
While Carol Dweck’s growth mindset was not formulated from a Christian perspective, we know that God is with us as we seek to grow and learn new skills. 2 Timothy 1:7 says, “For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline”. We know that God will give us strength as we seek to grow and change as we strive to honour Him at Calderwood Christian School.
Mrs Gabbi Gerritsen
Director of Curriculum