This academic year, we have been learning all about how our brains work and how learning occurs through the electrical connections in our brains. We have been finding out how the learning powers of resilience, curiosity and making connections in learning can help us to build and strengthen our knowledge and understanding of all different areas. We have been learning about how the language we use can help us to change from a ‘fixed mindset’ to a ‘growth mindset’.
In a fixed mindset, people believe their basic qualities, like their intelligence or talent, are simply fixed traits. They also believe that talent alone creates success — without effort. Whereas, in a growth mindset, people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work — brains and talent are just the starting point. This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment.