At Stanford Infant School we have two characters who teach the children about successful learning behaviours - 'The Green and the Grey Mouse'.
The Green Mouse is in a growth mindset; embraces challenges, perseveres, is resilient and courageous. The Grey Mouse is in a fixed mindset; avoids challenges, gives up easily and is effortless. The children learn that their brain is a muscle that needs exercise, how it grows by making new connections, and how we learn by practising and improving our skills.
We encourage all children to think like the Green Mouse - embrace and be excited about new learning and new experiences and want to learn more!
We begin the academic year with Learning to Learn Weeks (Years 1 & 2). Children discover how we learn and exploring different learning styles/ways of learning.
Here is the story of 'The Green and the Grey Mouse':
We ensure that learning is a memorable experience for every child.
The mice are referred to regularly with the children to encourage them to reflect on successful learning behaviours.
We will encourage all children to develop positive learning behaviours/powers:
Never tell me the sky’s the limit when there are footsteps on the moon” - Paul Brandt
The approach is based on the research of Growth Mindset vs Fixed Mindset by Dr. Carol Dweck, professor of psychology at Stanford University.