Students spotting gritty students

growthToday I had lunch with members of the student leadership team and we had a discussion about mindsets – what it means and the differences between a fixed and growth mindset.  During the discussion I asked them to think about students they knew, or had known through the years, that fitted the descriptions of either a fixed or growth mindset.  Not surprisingly, it didn’t take them long to come up with some examples.  I then asked them to list the attributes of each.  This is what they came up with:


  • Often says ‘I can’t do it’
  • Not interested in working hard during lessons
  • Think they know it all
  • Not always interested in working with and learning from others
  • Don’t revise
  • Boast a lot about their knowledge, but it’s just a front
  • Don’t need to try harder as they always get a good grade
  • As soon as something gets hard, they shut off
  • They become easily distracted from their work
  • They’ll make witty comments to hide the fact that they are stuck
  • Talk a lot of trash!
  • Copy others
  • Don’t take notes
  • Acts as if they aren’t bothered
  • Don’t ask questions, due to a fear of being wrong or laughed at
  • Don’t work hard to improve themselves outside school


  • Willing to give things a go
  • Will ask questions and respond well to the feedback
  • Participates in the lesson
  • When working in groups, will give ideas.
  • Well behaved and interested in the work.
  • Revises well
  • Well presented work
  • Alert and hard working during lessons
  • Enthusiastic about the work they are doing and will ask for help if they are not sure.
  • Want to realise their potential
  • Will spend time on homework
  • Focused and concentrating during lessons
  • They want to excel

In two weeks time, we’re going to meet again and look at how develop grit and move students more towards a growth mindset.

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