Growth Mindset Poem


Posted by misscarey | Posted in Growth Mindset | Posted on 02/03/2016

Jacob wrote a poem about what it means to have a Growth Mindset.

You can read it below.

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Giving Feedback


Posted by misscarey | Posted in Growth Mindset | Posted on 11/02/2016

Hi everyone,

Here in 3/4C we love connecting with people and getting feedback about our achievements. We also like getting feedback that helps us to improve, because we know that we learn from our mistakes and that other people have skills and knowledge that they can share with us to help us learn.


If you are reading our blog and would like to connect with us or leave us some feedback please remember to:

  • introduce yourself (tell us who you are, what school you are from or who you are related to from our class – are you the uncle of one of 3/4C?)
  • give feedback that is KIND, SPECIFIC and HELPFUL

The following video, ‘Austin’s Butterfly’, shows how useful the right type of feedback is. It demonstrates how students can achieve ‘above and beyond’ what they could have managed if they didn’t ask for and use feedback.

We would love to hear from you.



Week 4 and 5 Literacy – Procedure texts


Posted by misscarey | Posted in Growth Mindset, Literacy | Posted on 14/05/2015

Feedback is hugely important in 1/2C. In 1/2C we know how important it is to give timely, helpful, kind and specific feedback to ourselves and each other.

During our unit on procedure texts, the students have been giving themselves feedback in the form of a checklist, giving and receiving feedback from their friends about the procedure text as well as feedback from me.

I have decided to try out the ‘Star and a Step’ feedback during this unit. After their first procedure text I gave each child some feedback; I gave them a star (something they did really well and should continue to do), and a step (something that they could do to make their next procedure better), this feedback was directly linked to the success criteria. The students had time to read their feedback and talk to me about their next step, this made them aware of what to focus on for their next procedure. After their second procedure text I gave them a ‘Star and a Step’ feedback again and the students compared the feedback and their procedures. Many of them were happy with the improvements they made.

Congratulations everyone in 1/2C for giving and receiving feedback with Growth Mindsets.

Teamwork in 1/2C


Posted by misscarey | Posted in Growth Mindset, Special Events | Posted on 02/05/2015

1/2C have been demonstrating excellent teamwork lately, this has been demonstrated in their commitment to reducing the amount of rubbish they bring to school on Nude Food days and every other day. We are the class that has had the least amount of rubbish for the most weeks. Maybe you could ask your child why it is so important to reduce the amount of rubbish we use and how they can bring less rubbish to school. Nude Food days are held every Thursday.

Yesterday, we joined with Mrs Hind’s class to have some fun and work as a team. Each class had to line up holding hands and pass a hoop from one to the other down the line as fast as they could without breaking grip. Everyone in 1/2C was really into it, there was a lot of encouragement for their team mates, I was very pleased to see that they cheered Mrs Hind’s class on as well. This was a great activity that allowed our class to be problem solvers and a team.

You can see some photos of the fun, camaraderie and strategies below.


Week 1,2,3 Numeracy – Place Value


Posted by misscarey | Posted in Growth Mindset, Numeracy | Posted on 29/04/2015

Over the last few weeks Grade 1/2s have been working on their Place Value goals in Numeracy.

They have learnt some fun and challenging maths games that have required them to play cooperatively, use their knowledge of place value, their addition strategies as well strategic thinking and problem solving. Some students had to apply a Growth Mindset to the challenges that they faced during these games. Some children learnt that you can be playing strategically and using all your maths strategies and still just be ‘unlucky’ and lose. Other students learnt to take risks, whilst some learnt to be cautious about where they placed their numbers.

Ask your child to show you how to play the ‘Guess My Number Game’ and ‘Overs and Unders’. Below is how Overs and Unders is set up.

overs and unders

Welcome Back for Term 2!


Posted by misscarey | Posted in Growth Mindset | Posted on 16/04/2015

Everyone in Grade 1/2C has come back from holidays feeling refreshed and excited to continue their learning journey.

We have revisited what it means to have a Growth Mindset VS a Fixed Mindset and 1/2C have a very clear idea about what they need to do to have a Growth Mindset as you can see from their list below.

To be a student with a growth mindset I need to:
• Try my best everyday
• Challenge myself
• Try new things
• Take criticism, advice and feedback to improve
• Have a go
• Persist when things get hard
• Practise, practise, practise
• Build my stamina
• Make connections
• Work towards my goals
• Learn from my mistakes
• Try before asking for help

They understand that having a Fixed Mindset won’t help them to achieve their goals, as you can see from their list below.

A student with a fixed mindset might:
• Take the easy option
• Be scared of making mistakes
• Rush their work
• Ask for help with trying first
• Give up easily
• Be lazy
• Try to be perfect all the time

Each day we have been talking about times when we have had a Growth Mindset and choosing a Growth Mindset goal for the day.

You can see that 1/2C really have a Growth Mindset below.


Quality Beginnings – Growth Mindset ‘Power of Yet’


Posted by misscarey | Posted in Quality Beginnings | Posted on 16/02/2015

During Quality Beginnings, students have started learning about an interesting thing called ‘Growth Mindset’. The students have been learning that they can do anything if they put their mind to it and have a growth mindset because they have an ‘elastic brain’ that stretches and grows when they challenge themselves or learn something. A student with a growth mindset is more likely to become a high achiever and more confident. A student with a fixed mindset may not achieve their full potential and may be less confident.

Let’s compare the two from some posters that are displayed in our classroom:

Growth mindset posters

We watched a video called ‘The Power of Yet’ it is a fun and engaging video that shows Sesame Street characters learning from their mistakes, through persistence, coaching and encouragement.

If you find that your child has a fixed mindset and struggles with some of their learning you can use the language that we use at school. Say to your child “You may not have/know/be able to do (a skill, strategy or fact) YET! But with practice you will.” If you try this at home let me know how it goes in the comments below. Here are some things that some of the students in 1/2C can’t do yet, but will be able to do with practice.

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