Fostering a Growth Mindset in Students - Sarvottam International School
“You have to invest in yourself each day to becoming a little better. By becoming a little better each day, over a period, you will become a lot better.”
Teachers play a pivotal role in shaping the mindsets and thought process of students. It is said that students are a reflection of the person who teaches them. A student’s mind is very impressionable and vulnerable to the pressures and vexations of the outer world. Teachers, these days have a huge challenge at hand. Not only are they dealing with a hyper- sensitive generation but also the task is made difficult by the emergence of complex mental issues and illnesses. Students are caving in to the pressures of peer groups, parents, schools and education system. A good teacher here happens to be the mediator amidst utter confusion that a child always finds himself/ herself in at any given time of growing up.
Sarvottam International School, happens to be one of the best schools in Greater Noida and this is because of many reasons. For starters, it has an excellent infrastructure, lush green sports grounds, world class amenities, tech-based classrooms, and a super talented educationist team. They have, as an organisation taken it in stride the requirements of the students and their mental needs. They have a talented and qualified team of counsellors excelling in different aspects of students and education. Also, teachers here work hand in hand with this team and are trained regularly to be able to deal with issues that come up with students and their education. Here we discuss some of the key points that are kept in mind when the teachers walk into a classroom full of students:
Teachers here in, Sarvottam International School, focus on the “process over result.” By making the process of learning interesting and not just giving importance to scores makes students feel that acquiring knowledge is vital. Scores can come from rote learning but knowledge is irreplaceable. Teachers encourage experimentation and risk taking rather than mindless learning of facts. This encourages the students to learn by hit and trial and not just by what is taught. This mindset shift helps them explore and experiment. A growth mindset is promoted in students by teachers in multiple ways. Teachers of Sarvottam International School, become role models by staying in learning mode themselves, they often share and are encouraged by school to continue to learn and grow in their careers. This encourages growth mindset in students.
Each achievement of any student irrespective of grade, is celebrated by school and teachers and this too pushes the student to learn more and to not weigh everything in terms of marks. Teachers, here, have a systematic method of giving feedback which makes students feel that the teacher takes extra interest in their growth and learning. After all, growth mindset has a cascade effect on everyone. Another important aspect that is looked after here in Sarvottam International School is that of goal setting. At the very onset of the academic year students are encouraged to ascertain goals for the year and this sets the tone for the whole year for each student. This helps students love the process of learning and acquiring knowledge. Lastly, school never forgets to discuss and portray the importance of persistence and effort in a student’s life. Sarvottam International School, believes in incessant efforts and hard work in studies and revises its study model with teachers at regular intervals. Teachers, thus are very integral cogs in promoting the growth mindset in students.