Resilience week – A huge success (part 2)
Resilience Week (Part 2)
In our last Blog post we gave you an introduction to Resilience Week which was held last week in the Prep Department. The children were told the story of two wildfowl to begin their journey in developing a Growth Mindset. Please ask them and see if they recall what happened in the lives of Hermione and Sergei…
Hermione the hen was self-motivated and eager to learn new things. She had a positive outlook on life and didn’t just hang around the farmyard pecking corn. She looked outside the farmyard gate and decided that travel and new opportunities awaited her. She learnt to drive a car (she passed the second time) and fly a plane, she visited foreign lands, eating wonderful food, seeing amazing sights and learning new languages and wasn’t down heartened when she failed – which she often did in the course of her learning new things. Instead, she decided to see those errors as opportunities for stretching her brain and trying even harder to succeed which she surely did.
Meanwhile her brother, Sergei, had a slightly different outlook on life. He decided early on that he really wasn’t that clever and couldn’t really achieve anything with his life. So he hid away in the farmyard and…pecked corn.
The children eagerly joined in with the life stories of Hermione and Sergei and were then introduced to the ideas of Fixed and Growth Mindsets in class. Teachers showed children that our brains can be stretched a bit like a muscle and can grow and keep learning and that mistakes simply mean we don’t know the answer YET. The power of believing one can improve is key in our children’s success in their academic studies and in life in general. So we keep on trying and using our skills of independence and common sense and resilience until we get there. As the great man, Nelson Mandela said
“Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.”
What can I do as a parent to help foster a Growth Mindset in my child?
Mindsets can be changed relatively quickly and there is a lot that parents and families can do to promote a Growth Mindset at home.
- Set high expectations for your child – shows that you believe they can do it, which in turn has a positive impact on their own beliefs, behaviour and outcomes.
- Encourage your child to be resilient and not give up, even when they find something difficult or frustrating.
- Celebrate mistakes! Help your child to believe that challenge is a positive thing because it means they are stretching their brain.
- Use inspirational role models – Think about your child’s favourite athlete, musician or artsist and talk about their journey to success. Focus on their early efforts and strong work ethic and the mistakes and learning that led them to where they are now.
Please ask your child what they did during Resilience Week. Many classes tackled difficult challenges for individuals and groups from building towers (using spaghetti, marshmallows and newspaper) and making parachutes to orienteering and logic problems. We were also very lucky to have some wonderful parents and friends of the school who gave up their time and came to talk to the children about their careers and how they achieved what they wanted through hard work and determination. A huge thank you to all of them for their interesting and inspirational presentations.
Do keep an eye on the Blog over the next fortnight for reports of these activities and some lovely photos too.
Please watch these videos with your children at home if you can. Many of the children watched them during Resilience Week as they carry the message of how important it is that we are all open to and encourage a Growth Mindset in each other.
(Episode 1/5 available)