It is the mindset which believes that intelligence and talent can be developed and improved.
The key characteristics of a person with a growth mindset are:
Persisting despite hardships.
Learning from criticism.
Being inspired by the success of others.
Values the importance of effort.
So how does it benefit our students?
Our students will not hold the belief that their intelligence and talent are fixed, and that they can improve through hard work. This mindset will inspire them long after they have graduated from our SCC.
Mindfulness and Mental Wellness
Mindfulness Training reduces stress and anxiety, improves attention and memory, and promotes self-regulation and empathy.
Programs based on mindfulness models have been adopted in schools, hospitals and other environments.
Clinical studies have documented both physical- and mental-health benefits of mindfulness in different patient categories as well as in healthy adults and children.
They learn to pay attention and not get distracted
They learn to focus on their classwork and not on when the recess break will be.
They learn to listen carefully when others are speaking
They learn to wait patiently for their turn in line.
They learn to control their anger and frustration
Gratitude and Compassion
They learn to appreciate what they have on any circumstances.
They learn to enjoy every experience as an opportunity to learn.
They learn to be thankful to their family and friends.
They learn to notice others needing help and take the time to help them.
They learn to be nice to their friends.
Learning Skills and Memory Techniques
Many students use ineffective learning strategies.
Many students rely on strategies such as highlighting, re-reading, and cramming the night before an exam. Quite often, students believe these relatively ineffective strategies are actually the most effective methods due to intuition.
However, researchers found that these strategies are not that effective.
Key to Learning: Good Memory
"A key component needed for active learning is memory work. Without activating the use of memory early in their learning journey, students may find themselves handicapped in the assimilations and application of concepts later at the higher level. The lack of emphasis on memory work is impeding the progress of students.”
- Sie Siok Hui, a veteran teacher in Singapore, in“A Teacher’s Race Course Ruminations & Reflections”
Key to Learning: Switching Between Focused and Diffused modes
“Our brains operate in two modes - focused and diffused. We need to alternate between these two modes to learn well.” “To be a successful problem solver, focus. Take breaks to get new problem-solving perspectives.”
- Barbara Oakley, a professor of Engineering at Oakland University, co-author of “Learning How To Learn”
Effective learning requires...
A growth mindset believing that hard work will result in improvement.
The ability to switch between focused mode and diffused mode.
That the student is alert when in focused mode, and has the right orientation and attention.
Good, but not overloaded, working memory
Engaging in regular practice tests to create and strengthen the neural network between working memory and long-term memory.
Creativity is the key to future survival.
Technological advancements will make many jobs redundant in the future.
What sets us apart from robots is our ability to imagine and invent. The only way for our future generation to stay relevant and be competitive is to be creative.
Creativity is a thinking process.
Creativity training involves visualisation, imagination and experimentation. It cannot be taught in just one or two lessons but needs to be nurtured over time.
The brain is our most important organ.
It manages the way we think, learn, imagine, create, reason, problem-solve and decide.
Our brain is an amazing organ as it continually rewires and reprograms itself according to how we use it. As we go through life from birth, our brain develops extraordinarily. It is the most adaptive organ in our body.
It has the capability to change positively or negatively based on our actions, thoughts and experiences.
Research has shown that we can reshape our brains with brain training.
Our brain’s ability to adapt, known as neuroplasticity, means that we have the power to change and redesign our brain to optimise and take full advantage of our brain’s potentials.
This is particularly true for children where neuron networks are increasingly formed.
How do we ensure children gain a strong cognitive foundation when young?
In our early years, our brains are still developing and we want to give it as much opportunity to grow. This is the best opportunity to build a strong cognitive foundation that will help in both school and life.
Brain training can be achieved through body movement.
The act of movement awakens and activates many of our mental capacities. Movement integrates and anchors new information and experiences into our neural networks. Movement is vital to all the actions by which we embody and express our learning, our understanding and ourselves.
Every time we move in an organized, graceful manner, full brain activation and integration occurs, and the door to learning opens naturally.
Learning involves the building of skills, and skills of every manner are built through the movement of muscles — not just the physical skills of athletes, musicians, dancers and artisans, but also the intellectual skills used in classrooms and workplaces.
This greatly beneficial Morphing Mind Program is provided to all Student Care Students in Lam Learning Hub at no extra charge.