Throughout the 2020/21 academic year, pupils have faced further disruption to their continued education due to the Covid-19 pandemic. This has led to a dramatic shift from the traditional classroom environment to that of a digital classroom with some elements of blended learning. Scottish education and legislation policies from Education Scotland, local government, the General Teaching council and whole school policy continue to promote a focus on Growth Mindset. These policies underpin essential pedagogical techniques to promote a healthy mindset that allows pupils to believe that their most basic abilities can be improved through dedication and hard work; natural talent is only the starting point. Through the adoption of the Growth Mindset, Scottish Education looks to cultivate young people who have a love of learning and build resilience through accomplishment.
Whether teaching in the classroom or through remote learning, Growth Mindset approaches can raise attainment, achievement, and enjoyment. The psychologist Carol Dweck, a great promotor of the growth mindset, highlights how fostering a growth mindset over a fixed mindset (the belief that all your intelligence and skill is pre-determined) can propel individuals towards success.
This digital classroom-focused practitioner enquiry looks to identify the potential impact on engagement of providing young people with praise by using Microsoft Teams “Praise” application.
The aim of this enquiry is to determine the effectiveness of using Microsoft Praise (MS Praise) as a method of praising pupils within online learning. The “Praise” application would be used within Microsoft Teams to publicly praise pupils within their class. It was hypothesised that pupils would feel more engaged through the use of MS Praise. In turn this had the potential to improve pupil’s performance and, promote a growth mindset.