Growth Mindset

from theory to practice Thursday 11th May 2017

Location: Doubletree by Hilton Glasgow Central, Cambridge St., Glasgow G2 3HN (location map)
Date:   11/05/2017
Course timings:   10 a.m. - 3.30 p.m. including lunch. Coffee & registration from 9.30 a.m.
Cost:   £120

The day will be led by Mike Gershon, an educational consultant

Mike is the author of over 30 books on learning and teaching and is the creator of two bestselling online courses, covering outstanding teaching and growth mindsets, in conjunction with the 2016 BETT award-winning TES Institute.

 The day will be broken into 4 sessions: 

Session One: Growth Mindsets - Theory and Practice Introduction

This session will examine the theory and research behind growth mindsets, helping colleagues to understand where it comes from, why it works and how it connects to our understanding of the brain. 

Session Two: Using Language to Promote Growth Mindsets

We will begin our detailed exploration of practical matters by focussing on language. This is the basis of any drive to develop growth mindsets among students. We will examine a wide range of strategies teachers can use to embed growth mindset practice in their teaching. We will also look at likely student responses and how to manage these for greatest impact. 

Session Three: Changing Student Perceptions

Here we will think about mistakes and failure: asking how we can change student perceptions around these. Our focus falls on the different practical techniques and activities we can use to minimise students’ fear of failure and to help change their attitudes to mistake-making, taking them from negative to positive. 

Session Four: Targeted Effort, Embracing Challenge and Metacognition: Practical Strategies

We will conclude the day by attending to the final three practical areas of growth mindsets, spending equal time on each. Colleagues will gain access to a selection of classroom tools they can take away and use to supplement the work they do around language and mistakes. In particular, there will be a focus on how student self-perceptions can be altered through judicious use of carefully selected teaching techniques. 

We anticipate that this course will be in high demand.

Please register as soon as possible and by Monday 1 May at the latest. 


Registration closed

All sessions will be highly practical in focus, giving lots of material colleagues can take away and employ in their own classrooms. As part of this, there will be plenty of opportunities for colleagues to try out techniques, experience strategies and reflect on these in light of their own practice.