Lucy Wright

Business Education

Dalziel High

  • Growth Mindset

What Happens When we use Positive Language in the Classroom?


The Scottish Attainment Challenge aims to achieve equity in education and this can be achieved by ensuring every child has the same opportunity to succeed. The difficulty is changing a child’s mindset about their ability. This kind of fixed mindset is developed at an early age and may have occurred from a particular experience within or out with the classroom. According to Dweck (2007), “in a fixed mindset, people believe their basic qualities, like their intelligence or talent are simply fixed traits. They spend their time documenting their intelligence or talent instead of developing them.” Therefore, it is essential to praise children’s effort, strategies, focus and perseverance, and we may see their motivation, effort and willingness to take part in lessons increase.


The aim throughout this small-scale practitioner enquiry was to investigate what impact positive language has on learners within an S.3 class, in particular on their growth mindset.

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