ERC Updates

From the Director of Learning & Teaching

One of the domains of our recently released Learning and Wellbeing Framework is Building Resilience, which includes the provision of opportunities that promote a growth mindset. A growth mindset means you believe you can grow your intelligence through effort. Whereas a fixed mindset means you believe your ability is fixed and you can’t change it.

A growth mindset helps you:

  • Focus on learning rather than worry about results.
  • Value the importance of effort rather than believing in “natural intelligence”.
  • Work harder after experiencing setbacks rather than giving up.
  • Score higher achievement in your results.

Following are some strategies to support you in developing a growth mindset:

Embrace Failure: Acknowledge and Embrace Mistakes and Imperfections.
Look for Opportunities: Having a growth mindset means relishing opportunities for self-improvement.
Train Your Brain: Through the right training, our brains can be developed. Working hard, getting the right feedback and practicing the correct way will grow your neural connections in your brain.
Focus on Process Rather Than Results: Successful people enjoy the learning process. They focus on the process, the steps to achieve their goal rather than the result. T
Value Patience: Learning fast isn’t the same as learning well, and learning well sometimes requires allowing time for mistakes and practice. It takes time to learn.
Resilience and Determination: If you have a growth mindset you value learning more than results and believe that with the right effort and help (strategy) you can improve and achieve your goals.
Feedback: Students need to seek out and analyse the feedback their teachers and coaches provide and implement that feedback to improve. Growth mindset students are constantly looking for and applying the tips and feedback they receive.
Use The Word Yet: It’s okay to be honest about your challenges, but insert the word “yet” into your affirmations: I am not good at maths… yet. I am not great at spelling…. yet. The word fosters the idea that we are growing and improving.

For further information on Growth Mindset, visit the Study Samurai Library website – a study skills and well-being website. This is an enhancement on the Study Skills Handbook and includes resources to support students develop essential skills for academic success and positive mindset.

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Best wishes to our Year 12 students who commenced their Higher School Certificate examinations this week. We will keep them in our prayers and we are confident they will do well.

Problem of the Fortnight:

Following are some riddles for your family to solve:

What has to be broken before you can use it?
What month of the year has 28 days?
What is full of holes but still holds water?
What is always in front of you but can’t be seen?
What goes up but never comes down?
What can’t talk but will reply when spoken to?

Solution to last week:

Mr Sozio
Director of Learning & Teaching