Think about the following statements: You can learn new things but you can't really change your overall intelligence. Your intelligence is just like your foot size or eye colour, you can't really change it too much. If you tend to agree with these, then you probably lean towards having a closed mindset. A belief that your intelligence is determined by genetics and you are born with a certain capacity of information. Having an open mindset, on the other hand, is the belief that this is simply not true. It is the belief that just like your muscles, you can train, refine and grow your brain and increase its capacity for information and skill acquisition.
Growth mindset has been another buzzword floating around for the past 10 years in education, but what does it actually mean and how do you develop a growth mindset in your classroom? It sounds complicated but actually you can grow children's mindset organically and subtly, by making a few small tweaks.
Students fall out and make mistakes but resolving them can be both frustrating and time-consuming. Disagreements can appear resolve but reappear a few days or weeks later. Clear communication with both pupils and parents is key to ensuring disagreements and problems are resolved quickly, for good! Here are my 5 top tips for resolving student conflicts.
During day to day teaching, with there being so much focus on progress and learning, it is really easy to forget who your children are as people. Developing a humanistic classroom sounds complicated but it is simply about understanding each child's personality, how they like to learn and celebrate their individuality with lessons. In turn, it can have a positive impact on your students learning too! Here are my top five tips for creating a humanistic classroom.
Questioning is key to learning and language development not just in Literacy but across the curriculum. However, Many parents and educators are unsure how to stimulate children’s oral language development in play and reading. One good method, often used in Speech development, is “levels of questioning”. These “levels of questioning” were developed by Blank, Rose and Berlin (1978). The questions move from concrete to abstract.
Feeling stressed because your children take too long to transition? Feel like you can't get through your full lessons? Smooth classroom routines can save you time, stress and worry simply by allowing children to understand various classroom expectations. Here are my top five classroom routines you need to perfect to make your life easier!
Ben Parr has released this short video via Big Think with a focus on the psychology of attention. He identifies three types of attention: immediate, short, and long. To capture someone's attention you have to see these three as stages into a person's subconscious. But how does this translate into the classroom?
Sometimes the smallest things we say and do as teachers can have the biggest impact on children and their learning. More often than not, it is the things that teachers have always said like 'Do you understand?' and 'What is the answer?' that can actually have a negative impact on certain children. By making slight changes to the things we say, we can actually allow children to develop in a far more positive and focused way. Here are our top 5 things you should say more of in the classroom!
WAGOLL Teaching is all about sharing great, simple teaching ideas with a global teaching community. As a teaching group, we need to stick together, support each other and develop positive approaches to classroom innovation. Development is all about trying something new, taking risks and sharing great ideas! you may even have some fun along the way!