We have been discussing the sketchnote by John Spencer (@spencerideas) “What happens when students own their learning?” and documenting some of the ideas shared.

We wondered what it means to have a ‘Growth Mindset’.

“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.” ( Dweck, 2015)

To explore this further, we watched a short video. 


Then, each student was given a statement on a yellow or white speech bubble. Each fixed mindset statement in white had a corresponding growth mindset statement in yellow. The students had to work out which statements could be paired.

Finally, we created a poster including all the statements. We discussed the ideas, statements and situations where we could use ‘self talk’ and and take action, to help us develop a growth mindset.

We continue to wonder how we can stretch our thinking, and explore and take more ownership over our own learning. We continue to remind ourselves that when we are actively engaged in various stages of learning (Including: thinking about, planning, modifying and creating) we develop AGENCY.

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