GM seamlessly integrated into school’s curriculum delivery
5 March 2020
Goodwood Park Primary, a school that has integrated values into their daily teaching experience since 2011, was so inspired by the Director of the Metro North Education District, David Millar’s presentation on Growth Mindset (GM) at a neighbouring school that they decided to make GM part and parcel of their organisational culture. And when one visits there, it doesn’t take long to spot evidence of it!
A quick stroll through this poster-rich school’s passageways and classrooms will have one quickly confronted by highly imaginative and especially introspective posters meant to challenge the learners’ mindsets. The “power of YET” is a definite talking point in this school! But that is not where it ends.
Under the guidance of the principal, Juan Rossouw, and the school management team, the school decided to adapt their enrichment/ remedial classes on Tuesdays (for the entire school) to have a link to the T2P strategy and specifically GM.
All role players, particularly parents and non-educator staff, have been very excited and upbeat about the visible changes in the learners. What has been very noticeable is the learners’ new-found confidence and “belief-in-themselves” as they are throwing themselves into a range of interests such as baking, needlework, gardening and vehicle maintenance, to name but a few.
For the youngsters of Goodwood Park Primary School, nothing is impossible or out of reach of anyone any longer – and that’s exactly how the schooling community wants it!