Learning mindset

22 June 2018
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Learning mindset. It’s a phrase that will be prominent when Beaconhills parents read their child’s reports on Tuesday.

What it a learning mindset? As well as percentage marks for their semester’s work, why are students assessed on whether they are adaptive, responsible, focused, knowledgeable, collaborative and reflective? What does it all mean? What’s wrong with the good old A to F grades?

Put simply, the learning mindset is a framework designed to encourage our students to think of themselves as learners. As the nature of work in the future continues to change our students will need to not just ‘know stuff’ but have the approaches and mindsets that allow them to be continually skilled learners.

Unfortunately, the grade can be for our students the singular defining judgement of themselves as learners, leading them to creating fixed mindsets about what they believe are their capabilities. This can lead to our students not reflecting on what aspects that they can improve on the way they learn instead of what they have achieved.

At Beaconhills, we want our students to:

  • Take responsibility for the actions and behaviours that support learning (responsible)
  • Learn from feedback (reflective)
  • Use effort as a means for achieving mastery (focused)
  • Be able to learn collaboratively and make positive contributions (collaborative)
  • Retain and use knowledge to develop deep levels of understanding (knowledgeable); and
  • Use a range of thinking skills when learning (adaptive)

Thinking is the cornerstone of learning. And learning is the cornerstone of achievement. The more we encourage our students to think about their learning will lead to them develop themselves as learners and consequently improve their learning outcomes.

I hope you all have an enjoyable school holiday and we look forward to our students returning in the new term.

This blog was written by Stephen McGinley, who is Beaconhills College’s Deputy Headmaster. Headmaster Tony Sheumack has been on long service leave during term 2.

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