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How to help your daughter to make good progress at LSU

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How can we create a Growth Mindset?

FIXED MINDSET

Intelligence is static.

Leads to a desire to look smart and therefore a tendency to:

  • Avoid challenges
  • Give up easily due to obstacles
  • See effort as fruitless
  • Ignore useful feedback
  • Be threatened by others' success

GROWTH MINDSET

Intelligence can be developed.

Leads to a desire to learn and therefore a tendency to:

  • Embrace challenges
  • Persist despite obstacles
  • See effort as the path to mastery
  • Learn from constructive criticism
  • Be inspired by others' success

A Fixed Mindset

  • I am good at maths. I find it easy
  • Everyone tells me I am great at maths
  • I am in the top group
  • This is a difficult maths problem
  • I’m good at maths
  • I don’t have to try hard
  • I can’t do this
  • Maybe I am not good at maths

Habits of Effective Learning

Resilience:

Absorption
Manage distractions
Noticing
Perseverance

Reciprocity:

Collaboration
Listening and Empathy
Imitation
Interdependence

Resourcefulness:

Questioning
Making links
Imagining
Reasoning
Capitalising

Reflectiveness:

Planning
Revising
Distilling
Meta-learning

Motivation

What motivates us?
What motivates young people to put effort into their learning at home?

Are rewards useful?

When young people are doing something they find interesting, promises of rewards reduce motivation

“We might be wise to avoid bribing, incentivising, or otherwise rewarding children to do things that we believe are truly important.”

Rob Yeung PhD, Educational Psychologist

What doesn’t motivate?

  • Punishments
  • Sanctions
  • Criticism

What works?

  • Praise effort and strategy
  • Talk through homework set
  • Talk together about new ideas and interests, particularly the books they are reading
  • Planning (together) daily work routines and ways of managing distractions

Physical and Emotional Wellbeing

  • We are supporting you with healthy eating
  • Exercise and fresh air
  • Sufficient sleep – average 9 hours high quality sleep essential

Parents may find this link useful: https://www.ted.com/ (TED Talk)