Friday, 3 July 2015

The power of Learning Beliefs

This term, at one of our teacher meetings we realised after some confusion between our school curriculum and national curriculum that we were using the terms Learning Values and Learning Beliefs interchangeably. We felt this needed to be ironed out. However, it wasn't a decision that was just made as people clearly felt more strongly about one word than the other. In the end it was decided that at Shotover School we would use the term Learning Belief. 

Over the year we have been unpacking these a little using the Beliefs to Practice model. It has been a valuable exercise in understanding the WHY. And this has led to changes. At the beginning of the year we had a 'Belief' for each of Thinking and Reflection. At one of our more recent meetings we combined those (as Reflection is a practice of Thinking) and toiled with the idea of Joy (not confirmed). Our other Beliefs are Curiosity, Collaboration and Growth Mindset

I think our Beliefs have hit the nail on the head in terms of current and future education. Growth Mindset alone has been a very powerful teaching tool, and the others compliment each other and learning just perfectly!

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