I had the pleasure of visiting one of our partnership schools in Harrow on Tuesday. It was remarkable to see how passionately the pupils communicated about their school. They were keen to show me their latest displays around their (P4L) - Philosophy for Learning Culture and their Growth Mindset ethos.
Recent studies show that workers in today's UK economy will stay at one job for an average of just 4.2 years , switching jobs between 10 - 12 times in their working life. Whilst this number is certainly set to rise, 46% will also quit and retrain completely for a new career.
A powerful commitment to learning therefore is not only important for school, but critical for success in tomorrow's increasingly socially mobile economy. Below are 7 tips to embed children's passion for learning and steer towards developing a growth mindset, providing a firm foundation that will enable them to become highly effective within any environment or industry.
- Positive Attitude - Taking care of your well-being and those positive endorphins on the inside reflect vividly on the outside. Children pick up on subtle cues and vibrations from your body language, tone of voice and attitude so maintain a positive attitude that reflects how you want the children to behave.
- Vocal variety - By praising pupil progress with a charismatic tone and addressing behaviour with a stern yet calm one you begin to set an environment where learning is celebrated and hindrances to learning become less common.
- Segmented success criteria - When you start with success criteria that all pupils can achieve with a degree of challenge and scale up the criteria for success as children progress further towards mastery, you promote rigour and positive enthusiasm and intensity around improvement.
- All engaged questioning - All children should be thinking about the learning question, not just the children with their hands up. Embed routines such as randomly selecting a pupils name after the question has been asked and a few seconds have passed. This encourages all children to think intensely as they know that any one of them may be selected.
- Model like a champion - Children love a well sequenced demonstration. Illustrate clearly what success looks like to give them a visual image to aspire to.
- Apply the skills in context - Ultimately children want to learn and play. I asked my 3 year old son Zaiyden today; "What did you do at nursery?" He replies "I played". Moments later tells me he played French and proceeds to count to ten in his newly learned language. Extend upon children's awe of learning! Provide time for children to "play" by performing what they have learned in front of others.
- Review and reflect - What's the most exciting thing you did today? How will you use this to inform what you do tomorrow? Reflective learning at all levels is paramount to continuous improvement and a desirable art form that quenches the thirst for refinement.
So go ahead... tell me... what's the most exciting thing you did today? Don't be shy...I'd love to learn from you!
Jazz Rose, Founder and CEO