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GROWTH MINDSET - WEEK FOUR FOCUS

ZONE OF PROXIMAL DEVELOPMENT

This week our focus is on the Zone of Proximal Development, which has been defined as:

"the distance between the actual developmental level as determined by independent problem solving and the level of potential development as determined through problem solving under adult guidance, or in collaboration with more capable peers" (Vygotsky, 1978, p. 86).

FOR YOU PERSONALLY:

Finding our stretch zone is not just for students. We all go through times in our lives where we are experiences these different zones. Consider the diagram below and reflect on the areas of your life that you are in the ‘comfort zone’, the ‘stretch zone’ and the ‘panic zone’.

Perhaps you are in the comfort zone but are wanting to grow and learn, what do you need to do in order to move into the stretch zone? Perhaps you are in the panic zone in an important area of your life, what could you do to move into the stretch zone and start to see the results you are really looking for?

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FOR YOU PROFESSIONALLY:

Take ten minutes out by yourself or with your team to discuss and reflect on the:

  • Strategies you use in your classroom to enable students to reflect on which zone they are in

  • Supports you provide for students to move their ‘zone’ as necessary

  • Relationships between students in your classes and how these positively contribute to constructive struggle.


Don’t forget to sign up for our Growth Mindset PD starting next Tuesday (10th May) at 7:30am. What will be explored?


  • Session 1: About a Growth Mindset

  • Session 2: Teaching a Growth Mindset

  • Session 3: Praise the Process, Not the Person

  • Session 4: Celebrate Mistakes

  • Session 5: Recap and Review

FOR YOUR STUDENTS:

Depending on the age of the students that you work with watch a variety of clips exploring ZPD, constructive struggle and the power of ‘yet’ (resources can be found here). Provide opportunities for your students to reflect on each of the three zones in relation to a task that they have mastered eg riding a bike, playing the guitar, learning a second language and so forth.


Use this experience to reflect on the different zones and how tasks/learning can move from the panic zone to the comfort zone. Encourage the students to identify a task that they are currently struggling with, use the ZPD to help students identify what they need in order to stay in the stretch zone.



For further ideas, take some time to explore the range of resources provided in our Growth Mindset Planning document

WHAT’S BEEN HAPPENING THIS WEEK?

WE LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING ABOUT EVERYTHING AT THE

WHOLE COLLEGE

MEETING NEXT WEEK.

Thanks from the Lead Team

Sue, Evonne, Tracey, Peter, Mark, Kim.W, Jason. B,

Shann, Maura, Michelle, Leanne and Chris