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Lived not laminated: Growth mindset and metacognition in the primary classroom

Flipping fixed mindset triggers and developing the growth mindset in our classrooms can be achieved through the explicit teaching of metacognitive strategies and skills. Anoara Mughal explains how to make the growth mindset visible
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Ever since Dr Carol Dweck’s work on growth mindset hit our classrooms (see Dweck, 2006), much has been written about what this concept looks like and how we as teachers can develop it in their lessons.

However, it is also commonly misunderstood or reduced to too simplistic a level. Is the growth mindset in your school just a collection of motivational quotes on posters, destined to adorn the walls of classrooms up and down the corridor?

Get these quotes enlarged and laminated and just like that growth mindset is done. Well, not quite. There is a little bit more to it than first meets the eye.

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