How our language can influence our students’ mindset

Starting: April 17, 2018 | 4:00pm - 5:30pm


You may have heard about Mindset Theory but are not sure how it applies to you and your students. This introductory talk will provide a brief summary of the theory and consider how our everyday language can contribute to the mindset and implicit theories our students develop about themselves and how those theories can interfere or enhance resilience and attainment.

For those who feel confident in how Mindset Theory applies to education, you will have time to consider how this thinking can be extended for your practice and your relationships with colleagues by adding scarcity thinking to Mindset Theory.

Who is this course for?

This course is for both primary and secondary school teachers.

What are the intended outcomes of the session?

In this workshop participants will:

  1. Hear a brief summary of Mindset Theory as conceived by Prof Carol Dweck such that participants will know:
    • What is mindset?
    • How different mindsets develop and why they are important?
    • How we inadvertently create or reinforce fixed mindset in our students.
  2. Consider how scarcity thinking impacts Mindset Theory.
  3. Consider how our language and constructive comments may be less helpful than we realise and what we can say instead.
  4. Consider how mindset theory is relevant to education and resilience.
  5. Share reflection on how we can support students to develop a Growth Mindset and avoid reinforcing a fixed mindset.

Meet the facilitator

Debi Roberts MA Ed is an educational author, emotional wellbeing facilitator, Mental Health First Aider, Assessor and mum to three children.  She has been delivering workshops and talks on wellbeing, goal setting and behaviour for over 20 years.

What did others think?

“This has been very useful and helps me think about crossover to other behaviour issues, particularly bullying”

“Not what I was expecting but thanks to you, knowing about mind sets continues to make a personal difference to me. I realised why I can feel so negative. As a professional I had the awful realisation that I can get jealous of my colleagues achievements. As a result of this workshop I feel I now get jealous less often, or to be more precise, I can still feel green-eyed but if I do, I remind myself of the things you taught us and that my colleagues success doesn’t limit the potential for my own success. Powerful stuff!”

“I continue to be careful how I praise. I now look at the process and do not focus on results so much”

“So interesting –  everyone should know this”