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.
Learning to think critically and reason may be one of the most important skills that today's children will need for the future. Ellen Galinsky, author of Mind in the Making, includes critical thinking on her list of the seven essential life skills needed by every child. In today’s global and rapidly changing world, children need to be able to do much more than repeat a list of facts; they need to be critical thinkers who can make sense of information, analyse, compare, contrast, make inferences, and generate higher order thinking skills. To get you started, here are six simple ways to get your children reasoning!
Do you often find yourself stuck when planning a lesson? Do your lessons run over or lose direction? Teachers often have these struggles when planning lessons. Lesson cogs is a simple way of looking at lesson planning. by understanding the cogs that make up a successful lesson, you can easily use them to sequence activities and tasks to make great learning happen. Each cog links to a type of child or teacher-led activity that plays a part in learning. But what are the cogs and what do they look like in a lesson? Below, we break down each cog for you - enjoy!
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.
The first week back is always a busy one, but it can be made easier by having a clear plan on what you want to achieve with your children. By setting high expectations, laying out clear routines and getting to know your children, you can set yourself up for a really successful year. Here are my top tips on how to start your first week of school!
It can be difficult for parents to know what to do when it comes to supporting their children's learning at home. But by giving parents a few simple tips, helping children learn at home can be easier than they may think. Here are a few tips on how you as a teacher can support your parents to support their children.
Differentiation is a huge topic and can sometimes appear impossible to achieve completely. But by understanding the basics and handing the choice over to the children, it can be far easier to manage. Find out what basic personalised learning looks like and some handy hints to support your lesson planning!
I’m a huge advocate of technology; however, it would be mad to forget the one thing - well two actually- that consistently engages my pupils every day.... puppets!
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.
Do you like Marmite? You either grinned and licked your lips or you grimaced and shuddered, “NO!”, thinking of that brown sticky goo that belongs in the depths of the bin. I’d expect similar reactions if I asked you, “Do you like teaching Guided Reading through a carousel?”
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!