Challenging students allows them to build skills and forces them to grow and develop academically. This will allow each student to reach their full potential.
Individuals who believe their talents can be developed through hard work, good strategies, and input from others have a growth mindset
, and they tend to achieve more than those who believe their talents are innate (with a fixed mindset). Encouraging a growth mindset allows learners to improve, as they believe their abilities are within their own control. Hard work, effort, and persistence are all important, but not as important as having that underlying belief that you
are in control of your own learning success.Challenge
is at the core of having a growth mindset. without it, students don't get the opportunities to take risks, learn to fail and figure out how to pick themselves back up again. This sense of progress and responsibility for their own achievements and failures is central to developing growth mindsets.
Whether you are looking to challenge higher or middle ability learners, you will be giving them the invaluable gift of a growth mindset. This approach will go on to inform their learning, pushing them to succeed and to take ownership of the outcomes because they know they are responsible for their own growth.Click here to learn the importance of Achieving Pupils' Depth of Knowledge