Tag Archives: Mindset

The Surprising Truth about What Motivates Us

Carrots and sticks are so last century. Drive says for 21st Century work we need to upgrade to autonomy, mastery and purpose.

The body of evidence to support this new way of looking at the world is growing and for Pink takes the form an ‘operating system’ for a better way of living and working. I am not all surprised by Pink’s argument. What really surprises me is that in 2013 his ideas, and the research that underpins them, have not already achieved the status of common practice and good sense.


Carol Dweck: The Effect of Praise on Mindset

I was reminded today of the importance of giving the right kind of praise to learners - especially young learners. Telling a learner they are good at something is just as bad as telling them they are not good - both reinforce what Professor Carol Dweck calls the 'fixed mindset'. I think this is one of the most important lessons for parents and teachers. Carol Dweck's research on this is counter-intuitive. Every parent wants to be positive and give praise, we just need to be careful to.

Scottish Learning Festival 2009

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="SLF"]SLF[/caption] Another really great SLF. It felt  really strange just walking around meeting people and enjoying the event without having any responsibilities. I ended up spending a lot of time catching-up with old friends and former colleagues and for a change was not dashing off to chair a session or attend a launch. Apart from the very important social and networking dimension of the event, it was a really good opportunity to find out what was new in the world of education and to be inspired. It is always hard to pick.

Book: Carol Dweck’s Mindset

Just finished reading Carol Dweck's 'Mindset - The New Psychology of Success'. I think this is an important book for anyone involved in education and very worthwhile for the general reader. Her theory is that there are two basic ways of looking at the world - or 'mindsets'. One is a 'fixed mindset' in which intelligence, talent, ability and skill are fixed. Success in the fixed mindset is about showing how smart you.  The other view is the 'growth mindset' where success follows learning and failure suggests more effort is required rather than being a statement on.