Embracing Examination and Assessment Task Reflection with a Growth Mindset
As our students in Years 7-10 reach the end of their Yearly Examination period and Year 12 2024 students work through their Term 4 assessment program, it is opportune to engage in reflection that extends beyond marks. Dr Carol Dweck’s seminal work on the ‘Growth Mindset’ provides a framework for students to view challenges as pathways to personal development.
Students, as you reach the end of the examination period or complete an assessment task, consider reflecting on the various aspects of your academic journey. When you receive your marks and feedback, remember to acknowledge the study techniques that proved effective and those that need refinement. Did you set up a study timetable? Did you stick to it 90% of the time? A Growth Mindset values effort and the ability to use feedback as an opportunity to understand learning gaps and where to next with your approach.
Parents and carers, Dr Dweck’s research underscores the significance of praising effort to foster a positive relationship with learning. As your son receives his feedback, celebrate the positives and help him to recognise that setbacks are not permanent, but opportunities to strengthen his academic toolkit. A conversation with your son might involve phrases such as, ‘Your dedication to studying really shows your commitment to learning,’ and, ‘mistakes are a natural part of the learning process. What can you learn from them?’
Incorporating this reflective process ensures a holistic approach to learning – one that goes beyond examination outcomes to shape resilient, adaptable learners. Let’s work together to foster a culture where the examination period becomes a springboard for ongoing growth and success.