Growth mindset for teachers

By September 3, 2016 No Comments
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Originally posted on educationevangelist.com; as I move these things together onto ICT Evangelist, and given the popularity of the sketchnote I made about Growth Mindset for Students, I thought I’d migrate this post over today.

Reflecting back on the ideas here, perhaps these are some things that you could think about as new year resolutions as we embark upon a new school year.  I hope either way that you find it useful.


It’s been really interesting reading the tweets from the ResearchED event this weekend. I am so pleased to have met and know well so many of the presenters there. Research has always been a bit of a funny one for me. For many bits, particularly those that make it into popular teacher culture, it’s almost like the research is there to back up what for me is just common sense. If my Grandfather were alive, he’d probably tell us all to use our gumption a bit more.

Take Hattie’s research. One of the largest effect sizes he recognises is that of the impact that the relationship between teacher and student can have upon learning and progress. Well yeah! Of course it does.  Did you work harder for the teachers you hated or the teachers you loved? It’s common sense or at least it is to me.

When it comes to using technology, a significant number of teachers can have a bit of a mental block – this can be for a large number of reasons; from concern over it not working or that it won’t have the right impact or that they simply feel incompetent and can’t use it. This parallels itself quite nicely with the popular research related topic of growth mindsets. Certainly, I’m all about making sure we use technology for purposeful reasons, but not because of reasons mentioned above. Our kids and those we work with, have a right to access learning in all manner of different ways, including with technology.

I recently created a sketchnote style graphic using Paper by 53 to support growth mindset for students which has resonated a fair amount with folk. So to help with this topic, I’ve followed up with a similar graphic, mostly created in Paper but followed up with some fine-tuning in Photoshop (Paper now has a ‘send to Photoshop’ option which is pretty cool!).


I hope you find the graphic helpful. Congratulations to everyone involved in the ResearchED event. It looked amazing.

If you have any comments or thoughts on how I could develop or change any of the elements in the graphic, then please (in the spirit of growth mindsets) tell me (kindly, specifically and helpfully of course) in the comments section below.


Over and out.