Carol Main

Primary Teacher

Plains Primary

  • Growth Mindset

What Happens When Mistakes Are Celebrated In The Classroom?


I was assigned the topic of Growth Mindset by my Head Teacher to develop within our school as part of our School Improvement Plan. From carrying out a vast amount of research I appreciated the impact that a growth mindset versus a fixed mindset can have on a child’s self-esteem; according to Dweck (2010) children with a growth mindset relish challenge and the opportunity to grow and learn. Therefore I knew that by carrying out a Practitioner Inquiry within a smaller area of Growth Mindset could help to increase my own knowledge and experience as well as lead the learning of colleagues within my school to the benefit of integrating Growth Mindset within the classroom.


The aims of this Practitioner Inquiry are to investigate the effects on a child’s attitude to making mistakes within the classroom, when a mistake is celebrated and used as a learning tool; As well as this, it will be highlighted whether this approach allows children to feel more at ease when answering questions despite the uncertainty of whether they will answer correctly.

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