Thursday, 29 January 2015

GRIT = PERSEVERENCE + PASSION... PASS IT ON!

Developing character is increasingly being seen as important alongside great academic results. Grit is a character trait that involves perseverance and passion to accomplish a long term goal no matter what challenges lie in the way.

Monday, 26 January 2015

CUTLERS COMMITTEE MEETINGS.... PASS IT ON!

I was in Sheffield this morning meeting with the Cutlers' Education Committee which is guiding the Cutlers' Made in Sheffield scheme. 

Saturday, 24 January 2015

CHARACTER SKILLS... PASS IT ON!

We need to develop skills, behaviours, character traits alongside knowledge and understanding if we want to help our children and young people compete and succeed.

CHARACTER COUNTS... PASS IT ON!

Behaviour, integrity and character should lie at the heart of everything we do with children and young people and should guide our provision and practice at every stage of a child's learning.

Friday, 23 January 2015

MINDSET MATTERS... PASS IT ON!

There is a great difference between failing to achieve a result and the conclusion you draw about yourself. In Carol Dweck's book 'Mindset' she explains that those who stay down after a setback make a judgment that they have failed, not just that their attempt failed. Moreover, people with a 'fixed mindset' often generalize from their “failures” to conclusions such as, “I am a loser,” and “I will probably always fail. Therefore, they assume, there is no point in getting up and working at problems and issues. So they quit, they give up and they seek a more comfortable option such as eating, drinking, shopping whatever to avoid facing what they consider to be their personal failure.

Thursday, 22 January 2015

THE HECKMAN EQUATION... PASS IT ON!

At the heart of the Cutlers' "Made in Sheffield" approach is a recognition that to be successful young people need skills, behaviours and character traits alongside knowledge and understanding and that we need to develop a curriculum entitlement that develops all of these.

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

CHARACTER MATTERS... PASS IT ON!

I was re-reading Paul Tough's book 'How Children Succeed'. In this great read he highlights the qualities most likely to ensure a better job, a better degree and a better and more fulfilling life... grit, curiosity and character. 

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

TEACHING YOUNG PEOPLE TO BECOME BETTER LEARNERS... PASS IT ON!

The last two years, working in Sheffield on the Cutlers' Made in Sheffield programme, has helped me to better understand that developing better learners and better workers requires us to pay attention to students’ mindsets, skills, strategies, and behaviours as well as their content knowledge and academic skills. Interestingly, this approach is supported by something I have been reading...