Mhairi Kerr

Primary Teacher

Alexander Peden Primary

  • Growth Mindset

What Happens When Mistakes are Celebrated in the Classroom?


Dweck (2006) states that, although people differ in every which way, everyone is able to change and to grow through application and experience. This is why, when deciding what area to explore, I felt it was important to promote a growth mindset in the classroom, with a focus on celebrating mistakes. By celebrating mistakes through growth mindset, it enables children to take their mistakes and learn from them, therefore growing in their confidence and self-esteem.

The General Teaching Council for Scotland highlight in their Standards for Full Registration that all teachers should, ‘develop positive relationships and positive behaviour strategies’ (GTCS 2012, Standard 3.2.2). This reflects Dweck (2007) who state that teachers should be praising children’s effort rather than simply praising the correct answers and intelligence. In order for children to learn and challenge themselves, they need to make mistakes and learn from them. This is why it is important to celebrate mistakes within the classroom and teach children to be resilient in order to achieve their goals.


The aim of this enquiry is to assess how celebrating mistakes can help with confidence and self-esteem through Numeracy and Maths in the classroom

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