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11/12/19

Retweeted From Year 7 @ Blackheath

Well done Year 7 on a wonderful performance last night 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 https://t.co/YYoCovdA4C

11/12/19

Brilliant performances all round at the Carol Concert held in the Old Royal Naval College last night https://t.co/5nkcJdx0w9

11/12/19

Retweeted From Birdie Aitken

Christmas has begun...thank you ⁦⁩ for a wonderful evening of talented musicians and singers. Such a treat! 💕🎄🎼 https://t.co/Kw95qWJbfZ

10/12/19

Thank you for taking part! https://t.co/wSFBCYSedJ

10/12/19

Back to school! Today Year 7 girls were joined by their parents in Computer Science for a very special lesson... 1/2 https://t.co/w6yVkaGKRO

09/12/19

Retweeted From D&T

Junior School laser cutting for the BHSA Christmas Fair. https://t.co/CzV0nhaS4i

09/12/19

Retweeted From Blackheath High School Association

Thanks , it's been another great year, and we still have the Christmas Fair and Singalong to look forward to! Huge thanks to all parents, teachers and friends of who donate their time and ££ to make these fab things happen ❤🎅🤶🎄 https://t.co/v3n7aGatvi

09/12/19

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

assembly. And we’re off! https://t.co/ujIvfrm5Wo

07/12/19

Retweeted From bhsdeutsch

Blackheath High School German Department trip to the Christmas Markets in Cologne is off to a great start. Lots of shopping and taking in the fabulous atmosphere. More fun to be had tomorrow at the chocolate museum! https://t.co/eXFJEKhjPB

06/12/19

Retweeted From BHS Junior English

Our Book Club! All organised by the wonderful They are loving their first choice https://t.co/9t5exKpkZR

06/12/19

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

what better way to start Friday? Our Nursery to Year 2 loving your teddy bears and their picnic! ❤️ https://t.co/WALQjrB7VU

06/12/19

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

Great excitement Juniors as the glass is put in place in our new link building. . Thanks to Yr5 digital leaders for the footage! https://t.co/ggVOMl67uE

05/12/19

How uplifting! Looking forward to hearing their ideas. https://t.co/fiULg5Xc4G

05/12/19

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

Yr2 Yr3 concert. https://t.co/Cltw9KNI6n

04/12/19

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

Another beautiful evening at Hockey and Netball club 🥰 https://t.co/OO09JKwLcy

04/12/19

Classics for Kids! In celebration of Wellbeing Week 2020, our Music Scholars invite you and your little one on a musical adventure. Join us at the Senior School on Wednesday 22 January from 10am. Further details and registration: https://t.co/NwV2vRdjJh https://t.co/Qew03GCMXo

04/12/19

Brilliant persuasion skills, girls. https://t.co/Y0o9wHYxA7

04/12/19

We certainly think so! https://t.co/LW1gkGamSF

03/12/19

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

Love where you live!!! 😍😍 We had a great run at Cross Country Club tonight + finished with a quick gym session! Well done everyone 💪🏼🌟🙌🏼🏃🏽‍♀️ https://t.co/0yCpINCxKK

03/12/19

We have our fingers crossed for Helena in Year 8, who will be travelling to Prague to compete on behalf of the Icelandic national synchronised swimming team this weekend. We're so proud of you, Helena!

03/12/19

Our Wollstonecraft Speaker this week is Dr Chris Duffin, an award-winning palaeontologist who has published extensively on a wide range of fossil groups. We're excited to learn more! https://t.co/CuL3EuPwWg

03/12/19

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

It’s freezing, but who cares?! 🤷🏻‍♀️🥶 we all had a great evening playing at Bromley! POMS - Amy and Amelie 🦁🐯🏑 https://t.co/7uGrPSGODP

02/12/19

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

Oh yes it can choir is on! https://t.co/HbL2Ee9Cri

02/12/19

Retweeted From Blackheath Halls

Greenwich means ...Christmas time! The festive season arrives in style at our Christmas-jumper packed Festive Family Sing-a-long https://t.co/3RhBjqx7DE

02/12/19

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

A delightful evening with ‘s Jenny Lister inspiring us with Mary Quant’s story. A true role model for our girls. . Lovely collaborating with too-do come again! https://t.co/TlfQYaQQaW

02/12/19

Retweeted From Carol Chandler-Thomp

Absolutely loved this evening’s talk by ‘s Jenny Lister about alumna Mary Quant a true girl. Thank you ! https://t.co/LsZv0bRKR8

02/12/19

Retweeted From Blackheath Society

Mary Quant talk tonight in conduction with the Society and . Amazingly insightful ! https://t.co/H4T0u3qN0Z

28/11/19

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

A pleasure having lunch with some Year 4s. Conversations ranged from making hand puppets to nutritional benefits of dark chocolate with a critique of premature Christmas promotions thrown in. ❤️❤️ https://t.co/irkufrtBMg

28/11/19

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

are just having too much fun?!#circus skills. https://t.co/RBIv7esbfz

28/11/19

Congratulations to Blackheath High alumna for being named Apprenticeships Champion of the Year at the National Apprenticeship Awards last night! https://t.co/Ifja4RaVU2

21/11/19

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

So proud of the U15 A&B teams smashing their netball fixture against St. Dunstans. How much they love sport and persevere with trying to play better is so impressive. POMs Sienna M-G and Sasha M 👏🏻🙌🏻 https://t.co/ZwGHYv68KB

21/11/19

Retweeted From Carol Chandler-Thomp

This was such a good talk ! Rebecca shared so many pearls of wisdom with sixth formers and her job is great! https://t.co/ZVn7cQ225u https://t.co/yQgnA2GxAE

21/11/19

We can't wait to welcome curators from the V&A to this illustrated talk on the life and work of the pioneering Mary Quant next week! https://t.co/bZOz1k2e56

20/11/19

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

The U18 played a great game against St. Dunstans today. Some great interceptions leading in to strong attack. Well done! Pom Tilly https://t.co/7Ob1hDGMYR

19/11/19

Well done 👏 👏 https://t.co/pVil6Xv3Vu

19/11/19

Never a dull moment at Blackheath High! Today at the Senior School we hosted Rt Hon David Laws who discussed the impending election as keynote speaker for the https://t.co/5wi1fDmJXs

19/11/19

We're looking forward to this week's Wollstonecraft speaker, Blackheath alumna Rebecca Adams (class of 2013). Rebecca works as an archivist at the London Metropolitan Archives, working on the Mollie Hunt Collection and will be sharing her experiences with Sixth Form. https://t.co/0aWVjmbFmA

18/11/19

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

Starting Monday with a circuit 💪🏼💪🏼 https://t.co/JrV2Erfft1

16/11/19

Retweeted From RebeccaE GardenDesign

Thanks for a fizzing, popping evening Great crowd and delicious munchies! 🙌 (photo taken by Meltem of year 7) https://t.co/VZnpaJjqvT

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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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