Raising our Village
Mā te pā te tamaiti e whakatipu
It takes a village to raise a child
The power of having a Growth Mindset...
At HPS we promote the “Growth Mindset” research by Carol Dweck. The language we use and the expectations we have can support our students to be the best they possibly can. Our teachers sometimes notice a student is not making enough effort to learn, becoming discouraged by setbacks or perceiving work to be too difficult. One powerful way to intervene is by being careful how we give praise. Offering praise for students’ work and efforts can alter the mindset so that students can begin to view their own intelligence as something that can be developed. This mindset of developing intelligence will increase the students’ ability to ‘bounce back' in the face of academic setbacks and other difficulties.
We have high and realistic expectations of all students and they are aware of what they have to do to achieve them.
We have all kinds of thoughts flying through our heads all the time. Some of those thoughts are brilliant and will take us a long way. Other thoughts should be taken out the back and quietly thrown away. Children don’t know this and most of them believe that all their thoughts are true. It takes a while for a child to learn the difference between the thoughts and they tend to believe their thoughts absolutely and also hear criticisms very literally. We are starting to teach our students this but it may take several years before it really takes hold. Let's all speak the same learning language and talk to our children about how they can continue to grow.