Growth Mindset

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“In a growth mindset, people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work—brains and talent are just the starting point. This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for
great accomplishment.”

Carol Dweck

Link to NZC and CPS Values

Students will be encouraged to value:
• excellence, by aiming high and by persevering in the face of difficulties;
• innovation, inquiry, and curiosity, by thinking critically, creatively, and reflectively (Page 10 NZ Curriculum)

Key competencies - Thinking, participating and contributing, managing self, relating to others, using language, symbols and text.

growth mindset


To produce resilient risk takers who persist when facing challenges, so that they can be successful.


Year 1
Focus is on key competencies where children are encouraged to give things a go, accepting that mistakes are OK, developing perseverance and resilience.

Year 2 - 6
Growth mindset is explicitly taught and modelled, including the vocabulary and strategies that build understanding about the learning pit.

We seek to develop self awareness of how you learn and your potential for learning by reflecting, setting and articulating learning goals. Growth mindset is used to teach reflection and feedback through and on learning tasks.

Authentic opportunities are created for learners to take risks and solve problems through integrating this approach across the curriculum. Throughout the year, examples of growth mindset are highlighted and celebrated.

In doing this, a safe environment is created where mistakes and failure are expected and accepted.

Resources to help develop understanding of Growth Mindset

Carol Dweck TED Talk

James Nottingham Website (Learning Pit)

A YouTube search will also provide you with a lot of information.

There are many picture books which can be used to support growth mindset.

The OK book - Giving things a go even if you are not good at them or haven’t tried them before.

What do You Do with an Idea? Provocation of being creative with your ideas, be daring.

What Do you Do with a Problem? How do you handle difficult problems in your life?

The Fantastic Elastic Brain. How to stretch and shape your brain.

Thanks for the Feedback - a story about accepting criticism and compliments in the right way.

Salt in his Shoes - Biography of Michael Jordan in pursuit of his dreams.

Nadia the Girl Who Couldn’t Sit Still - story of determination, energy and grace.

The Dot - delicate fable about the creative spirit in all of us (using a simple dot).

Everyone Can Learn to Ride a Bicycle - mastering a new skill.

Beautiful Oops - When you think you have made a mistake think of it as an opportunity to make something beautiful.

The Most Magnificent Thing - a little girl’s journey as she creates something unique.

Ish - encouraging students in visual arts to give things a go - there is no right way.

growth mindset poster

Example of student made learning pit poster