Shelby Models Growth Mindset!
Tuesday morning began with terrible rain and, of course, the children came straight into the building instead of starting the day off on the play-ground. As you can imagine, Shelby was very popular with lots of children watching what he was doing before they went off to their classes for register. I think Shelby knew he had an audience and started to try and climb to the top of his log. Each time he tried, Shelby started to slip back and, on many occasions, he ended up upside down (luckily he knew how to put himself the right way round). The children who watched him encouraged him and supported with words like ‘Go on Shelby, you can do it’. It got to his tenth attempt (Farah was counting) and Shelby did it, he got to the top! The children applauded and this seemed like the perfect opportunity to remind them about growth mindset. He kept on trying and I’m sure that he was thinking ‘I can’t do this yet, but I will’. The encouragement from the children obviously helped and even though he fell down each time, he picked himself up again and just got on with it. We can learn a lot from our tortoise. Now, new target Shelby…trying to get back down off the log!