The new direction
Hi Everyone ,
As I posted in my newsletter piece last week, I have decided to take a new direction with my blog Brent's Banter.
Originally I was posting my weekly newsletter piece along with other additional content including audio, video, readings etc. but... I found that the weekly newsletter posts while informative, were already available in the newsletter and actually clogged up my blog and drowned out some of the higher priority conversations / posts.
As a result I have decided to move in a new direction posting less often but with more meaningful, insightful, informative conversations, recordings and posts. So from now on I won't post my newsletter pieces but rather leave that to the newsletter alone.
To help start us on this journey I have reposted the blog from earlier in the year on a reading by Geoff Masters called "Towards a growth mindset". For those of you who have read this or responded I, of course, don't expect you to reread it but if it had perhaps missed your gaze the first time round, please feel free to read through it and respond via our blog.
For those of you who are visual learners, I have included a Carol Dweck "The Growth Mindset" interview with Inside quest. I wanted to thank one of our school councillors Caroline who shared this link with me. Carol Dweck is based at Stanford University and is a world leader in this area.
Carol raises many points but a few that stood out to me were:
- "The power of yet" as a tool to challenge yourself which puts you onto a learning trajectory.
- "Use mistakes or setbacks and turn them into important information".
- "Don't praise intelligence or talent praise the process" the child's hard work, strategies, focus persistence those create a growth mindset and make the child love challenges."
Another key take away is changing your thinking around mistakes and using the power of "yet" to help develop a growth mindset.
Next week I will be leading a conversation around the Jack Keating Memorial Lecture presented by Laureate Professor John Hattie, with some Principals at our Barwon South East Network meeting and I will also be sharing it with our School Council and staff.
Stay tuned for more discussions around this in the future.
I also want to give our students and staff and opportunity to showcase and share some of the things they are doing around the school so will look to share these through my blog as well.