Implementing Mindset Theory in the Classroom and the Staff Room

Implementing Mindset Theory in the Classroom and the Staff Room from James Egerton Notes (slide number in brackets) from IH Online Conference webinar, 19th May 2017. WHAT? (3) Mindset is a simple idea discovered by world-renowned Stanford University psychology professor Carol Dweck. Result of decades of research on achievement and success. (4) Summary of the key characteristics of growth and fixed mindset. I will refer … Continue reading Implementing Mindset Theory in the Classroom and the Staff Room

10 things I learned at IH Toruń, Poland.

Excuse anything delirious. It’s 6.30am, I’ve slept for 3 hours, but like any conference worth its salt, IH Toruń’s International Teacher Training Day has pumped up my enthusiasm and I’m writing this on the train to Warsaw before flying back to Riga. There are a lot of new ideas buzzing around in my head like flies. I need to swat some onto paper (screen) before they fly … Continue reading 10 things I learned at IH Toruń, Poland.

New Year’s resolution? Don’t waste your time.

It´s that time of year to decide on ´New Year´s resolutions´, to ‘resolve’ something which we think isn´t up to scratch at the moment. In many cases, failing to achieve them is blamed on a lack of time, but I believe that time can almost always be found, and what is lacking is motivation. For me, motivation is the key ingredient in any success, because the … Continue reading New Year’s resolution? Don’t waste your time.

Mindset: Making the Most of Observations

“I want to improve my teaching practices”. Most teachers will say this, or why do we bother doing this job? To quote Jay-Z, ´loiterers should be arrested´. If you’re not getting better, you’re getting worse. Stagnation is a slow death. However, as with anything, there´s a wide schism between words/intentions and making them reality. Observations are commonly used to bridge this gap and help teachers … Continue reading Mindset: Making the Most of Observations

It’s All in the Head

After reading Bounce by Matthew Syed last summer, one section in particular has transformed my teaching approach this academic year. The Theory The particular section described psychologist Professor Carol Dweck´s theory on mindset. Dweck argues that a person´s attitude can be described as a growth mindset or a fixed mindset. It´s more than a label; the repercussions are reflected in all areas of life. GROWTH MINDSET Positive attitude Learns from … Continue reading It’s All in the Head