Suzanne Finnie

Primary Teacher

Orchard Primary

  • Growth Mindset

What Happens When I Celebrate Effort In My Classroom?


This practitioner enquiry is based around an interest in the concept of growth mindset and the work of Carol Dweck. This enquiry will concentrate on what happens when children are praised for their effort and not their ability in the classroom. “No matter what your ability is, effort is what ignites that ability and turns it into accomplishment,” Dweck (2012).

This enquiry is relevant to the whole group due to its links the school improvement plans as they are part of the North Lanarkshire Council Can Can Nurture Approach that is part of the Scottish Attainment Challenge to achieve pupil equity. It is commonly believed that praising children for their effort and not achievement can have a significant impact upon their self-esteem, engagement, attitudes and behaviour in the classroom (Burnett, 2001).


The aim of this enquiry was to see what happens during Numeracy when children in a primary 3 classroom are praised for their effort instead of achievement.

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