Growth mindset with grade targets

A teacher asked us recently: my school makes all students write their target grades on the front of their books: could this be undermining the self-belief and growth mindset I want them to have? She’s right to be worried. Although many schools believe that sharing grades in this way makes it obvious (particularly to inspectors,…

More than just an exam grade – creating and implementing a vision

Vision is important.  Research our team conducted recently found that teachers who were particularly successful in highly challenging schools were those who had a clear vision. So yes, it is important… but it’s also tricky. Breaking it down, is it simply a long-term aim for a class, encompassing good grades and academic achievement, or is…

“The most successful lessons have a purpose – even if it’s a silly purpose”

Most teachers hope to offer students both academic success and personal development.  Many struggle, however, to identify ways to incorporate broader aims alongside the curriculum’s content and skills.  How, for example, can reading Jack and the Beanstalk engender ethical reasoning?  How can complicated concepts be introduced to young children? Lizzy Price (’13 Ambassador) has come…