Self-Managing Learners

Our aim is for children to become lifelong learners. To achieve this they need to be able to manage their own learning. In school we call this becoming a self-managing learner. During their time at Hildenborough, children are taught a progression of skills to help them grow and apply each of their Learning Muscles:

Working together
Concentrating
Persevering
Reflecting and Improving
Curiosity
Staying Positive

To become a self-managing learner, children also benefit from having a ‘Growth Mindset’. Every class learns about the two types of mindset that children and adults can have; a ‘fixed’ mindset and a ‘growth’ mindset. Research shows that having a Growth Mindset can improve children’s progress and attainment.
Below is an overview of the traits of each:
Fixed Mindset
I like my work to be easy
I don’t like to try a challenge
I want people to praise me for how clever I am
I believe I cannot change how clever I am
I don’t like to try new things because I won’t be very good at it
I give up easily
Growth Mindset
I never give up
I like my work to be difficult – it means I am learning
I love challenges
I want people to praise me for the effort I put into my work
I believe I can get more intelligent by working hard
I feel clever when I’m learning something new
I learn from my mistakes

What are we doing in school to develop Growth Mindsets and Self-Managing Learners?

  • Value and praise the effort and application of processes that have led to outcomes, rather than the outcomes themselves
  • Display, refer to and celebrate the use of our Learning Muscles in class and in whole school worship
  • Across the school and throughout the year, teach a progression of practical strategies to help grow and apply each Learning Muscle
  • Recognise and discuss errors and mistakes as steps towards success
  • Teach children how to use the 5 B strategies for what to do when you are stuck – Be still, Backtrack, Be Brave, use Bits and Bobs, ask the Boss.
  • Display and refer to examples of Growth Mindset language that children in each class have generated.

How can you help at home?

  • Praise the amount of effort your child is putting into things rather than how clever they are;
  • Talk to your children about their brain being like a muscle – the more they use it, the stronger it gets;
  • Encourage your children to not give up if they are finding something difficult;
  • Challenge your children to try something new or challenging.