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07/07/20

This is lovely, thank you so much for pausing and doing something positive & thoughtful for our shared ecosystem https://t.co/sCC5rjVKI2

07/07/20

If only everyone's Tuesday could be a Disco Day. Reception have the right idea 👩‍🎤🧑‍🎤🎙️ https://t.co/sYhbrDyj5O

06/07/20

Thank you for sharing, and 😊 https://t.co/yEEb4NwMDo

06/07/20

During 2020 our entire school community has risen to new challenges & our resilient spirit has prevailed. We have also been shortlisted for both Best Girls’ School & Prep School of the Year. Register for our 26 September Virtual Open Day to find out why: https://t.co/PztNcGmzCP https://t.co/bo6bFaSjxC

03/07/20

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

A quick fire workout to get you through to the weekend https://t.co/N1QKffW4cS

02/07/20

We hope our Year 7 of 2020 are as excited to start as we are to welcome them ☺️ https://t.co/aibwb3ZWta

02/07/20

Welcome back Year 3! https://t.co/FAC2PPfWCX

02/07/20

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

Blast your way through the rest of the week with this quick workout Get your heart bumping and body moving https://t.co/vf5Ctc5A8v

02/07/20

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

So nice to drop in on our and Year 5s enjoying our Senior School . Looking very mature and studious! https://t.co/M3eTlX1456

01/07/20

Quite the achievement - well done girls, and thank you for keeping us moving throughout the summer term! A real bunch of superstars 💫💫💫 https://t.co/fCYvANewMm

01/07/20

A short and snappy workout for Wednesday morning from https://t.co/7eZ5XfylZa

30/06/20

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

Hydration, hydration, hydration! Something we should spend more time ensuring Try this challenge to see if you are usually hydrated! https://t.co/eUIPaYFyDs

29/06/20

🎼The countdown to the premiere of our Summer Concert has begun! Still time to check you have popcorn in stock before the music starts at 6pm tomorrow: https://t.co/rE03SFl1JJ

29/06/20

A lot to look forward to in Sixth Form. https://t.co/wlPyR25s4D

29/06/20

Creating new and healthy habits can be a real challenge - do you drink enough water? 🌊 https://t.co/6KFI3nlwL0

26/06/20

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

Try this 10 minute challenge to kick start your weekend Get it done! https://t.co/D9uPqp7LKb

25/06/20

Our Taster Morning experience this Saturday is so close we are ‘virtually’ there! There’s still time to register for those interested in joining Year 7 in 2021: https://t.co/7Bm6jBxFNA https://t.co/634W4gu0ZJ

24/06/20

For anyone still needing to wake up today, this challenge is for you! https://t.co/yIVVTZQg0f

24/06/20

Retweeted From Carol Chandler-Thomp

Very good of to arrange such beautiful weather for me to greet our smiling girls at juniors this morning - I’m sure gate duty is like this all year round 🤣☔️ https://t.co/w8DqKV1U64

24/06/20

A wonderful example of Guided Home Learning - top work Misha. https://t.co/BWkRTqUy2R

23/06/20

We’re trying something a little bit different, join us this Saturday to see Blackheath High School through the eyes of a Senior School student. Year 5 girls and their parents can register here: https://t.co/7Bm6jBxFNA https://t.co/f8ovlUjnAq

23/06/20

A huge well-done to everyone involved in the Virtual Senior School Sports Day. It's incredible seeing the Blackheath community keeping fit and supporting each other during lockdown. https://t.co/os9Y7YiiTq

22/06/20

Push, push Tilly 💪 - a great sports day effort! https://t.co/YdwGZJNMRN

22/06/20

Great work girls! https://t.co/ulXQEMs4DI

22/06/20

Good work on the 15km, Kate, and good luck on the dismount 🚴🏅 https://t.co/l6BZ3RO9fQ

22/06/20

Bonus points for puppy compliance 👍👍 https://t.co/1k6mR7Vd1e

22/06/20

Brilliant. Good to see a family effort bright and early on this beautiful Monday ☀️ https://t.co/cRrKUD3Nna

22/06/20

Let's get a tally going! Join in with Sports Day and let's see how many kilometres can we collectively walk, run or cycle today. https://t.co/VE5kYBmlt8

20/06/20

Discover more about Blackheath High Senior School. Register today for our Virtual Taster Morning for Year 5 girls and their parents: https://t.co/7Bm6jBxFNA https://t.co/Cb70Zem8j8

19/06/20

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

Why not see how many of the world's most famous buildings you can climb over the weekend https://t.co/VcWtm3AKkb

18/06/20

Well done indeed https://t.co/P68CDctPWa

18/06/20

We are always proud of our students, and it’s always special when they are recognised by others for how brightly they shine ⭐️ So well done to Ezinne in Year 13 for being named among the 10 best Spanish students in the UK by the Spanish Embassy

17/06/20

Not long now! https://t.co/9lpulHqkKz

16/06/20

Are you considering joining our Year 7 in 2021? Register for our Virtual Taster Morning to sample lessons, take part in a live Q&A panel, and experience our all-new virtual tour for the first time: https://t.co/7Bm6jBxFNA https://t.co/zEzisL0RYr

16/06/20

Delicioso! 🇪🇸 https://t.co/wASOIV4NvO

13/06/20

Immerse yourself in the world of a Blackheath High Senior School student, register for our Virtual Taster Morning for girls in Year 5 and their parents on 27 June, today: https://t.co/7Bm6jBxFNA https://t.co/7uyvjfiChV

12/06/20

A great photo of Safari featured in the - so pleased she’s happy to be back 😊 https://t.co/fWPq8hLODz

12/06/20

Thank you - we are delighted that Safari has settled back in so well! https://t.co/QPH2eGjB6c https://t.co/Ylt2pdrct5

12/06/20

We had some tremendous feedback from the girls which was hugely appreciated, thank you!

12/06/20

We truly enjoyed the programme for GDST Year 13 girls planning to study French at University, which included a four week history and culture course spanning colonialism through May 68 and exploring Impressionism and Nouvelle Vague with the girls giving presentations in week four.

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May 24

What is Growth mindset?

"In a fixed mindset, students believe their basic abilities, their intelligence, their talents, are just fixed traits. They have a certain amount and that's that and then their goal becomes to look smart all the time and never look dumb.  In a growth mindset, students understand that their talents and abilities can be developed through effort, good teaching and persistence.  They don't necessarily think everyone's the same or anyone can be Einstein, but they believe everyone can get smarter if they work at it.”  Carol Dweck, Stanford University 2012

Growth Mindset is one of the most powerful concepts in the psychology of learning to have arrived in the educational sphere in recent times.  At Juniors, your daughter may have talked about this, from assemblies delivered, to displays throughout the school, an area in the library specifically targeted to challenging ‘fixed’ mindset, as well as some classes having trialled schemes of work specifically targeted at challenging fixed mindset during this academic year.

Growth Mindset is gradually becoming a key theme in our curriculum, delivery and culture here at Juniors.  Alongside other projects and initiatives, this is one strand of developing your child into a resilient learner, equipped for the many challenges and threats that will present themselves during her life. 

Carol Dweck’s research on the subject struck a very personal chord with me as my own thinking as a child was of a ‘fixed’ mindset, particularly with reference to specific subjects such as maths, and has given rise to what has effectively been a paradigm shift in my thinking with the recognition of how important future generations are lead away from this.  As an educator, I believe that we are most passionate about those areas that were taught brilliantly to us as youngsters or those which we realise as adults were sorely lacking.  Growth Mindset for me would most definitely fall into the latter category.

When a whole school is able to adopt a Growth Mindset in a successful, effective manner, it is not just the pupils who benefit.  With a Growth Mindset, pupils, parents and staff subscribe to the fundamental tenet that intelligence can be grown.  Research by Dweck has shown that girls are particularly susceptible to their own belief that their intelligence is fixed and incapable of improving.  There is a tendency to think of failure as simply not being up to the task which is a fundamentally limiting point of view.  Those labelled as ‘clever’ from a young age are particularly at threat as they fear losing this title and shy away from challenge which may lead to perceived failure or showing themselves as lacking in knowledge.  Through application of a Growth Mindset system, children no longer have this limiting self-belief and come to the view that they have an infinite capacity to improve, or effectively “grow”.  For teachers, a Growth Mindset can allow them to understand that they will succeed with all of their pupils.  For parents, it is to be concerned less about advocating for their children to get better results and more about ensuring challenges in learning are in place both in and out of school that require their children to develop.

There has been a degree of subtlety to applying these principle to our culture at Juniors.  It must be allowed to grow over time, testing out methods, working carefully to find what is most effective and those strategies which are less successful.  We should guard against overuse of terminology to avoid eye-rolling and generalisations; ‘growth mindset fatigue’. 

“Good teachers often know the importance of belonging, growth and positive affirmation. But they may not know the best ways to bring these about. Well-intended practices can sometimes even do more harm than good.  At the same time, researchers may not always know the best way to make their interventions speak to stu­dents in a given class.”  Yeager, Walton and Cohen 2013

One of the many benefits of being part of the GDST is belonging to a group of practitioners who can be part of a collaborative journey of teaching the psychology of learning.  Best practice can be shared and common pitfalls avoided.  The hasty approach of box-ticking the latest trend in education must be avoided at every cost, especially when dealing with an idea so powerful in its potential impact.  One mistake is to encourage students to give “more effort” when they really need not only apply more effort but also change strategy. Effort is necessary but it is not the sole ingredient for suc­cess.  Growth Mindset is not ‘anyone can do anything’ nor is it a quick fix or silver bullet. 

“When confronted with con­tinued failures despite heightened effort, students might conclude that they can’t succeed, sapping their motivation. Effective growth mindset interventions challenge the myth that raw ability matters most by teaching the fuller for­mula for success: effort + strate­gies + help from others.”  Yeager, Walton and Cohen 2013

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