When selecting an area of study in which to conduct a practitioner enquiry, I began by consulting with my peer group to ascertain an area of the classroom in which pupils needed further development in their motivation and engagement. Growth mindset was highlighted and chosen. Growth mindset aims to improve pupil engagement, self-esteem and in turn improve pupil confidence. The General Teaching Council for Scotland’s, Standards for Full Registration states, all teachers should, ‘Develop positive relationships and positive behaviour strategies’. 2012 (GTCS), Standard 3.2.2. This reflects Dweck (2007) thinking that teachers should be praising effort rather than simply praising correct answers and intelligence.
The aim of this enquiry was to evaluate the impact that welcoming mistakes has on pupils’ emotions and engagement within the classroom during mental maths lessons.