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19 February

posted 18 Feb 2016, 17:38 by Stephanie Williams
"There must be a beginning of any great matter, but the continuing unto the end until it be thoroughly finished yields true glory." Francis Drake

Goal setting is not a simple business. Are we talking about a long term goal, an immediate goal, a simple goal or a complex goal? Is this goal extrinsic or intrinsic? Is it able to be supported between 9.00 am - 3.00 pm, or does it also require guidance from home, or both home and school? And, on it goes.........

What the research does tell us, is the huge importance of striving to achieve really meaningful outcomes to be at our best. Motivation and persistence are key. We need to support children to embrace opportunities, deal with disappointments and maintain effort. Not give up!

We talk about GRIT. Duckworth et al's (2007) work on grit emphasises that no great accomplishment is achieved without persistence and effort. We must also be mindful of what we praise. In a nutshell, Mueller and Dweck (1998) found that praise for intelligence or ability actually leads to decreased motivation and effort, whereas praise for hard work and effort led to increased motivation and persistence, regardless of the outcome. So it really needs to be "You worked so hard!", rather than "You are so clever!"

It certainly makes me stop and think about what feedback I give to the children. As a staff we have been discussing the research and checking in with each other and ourselves as to what messages we give. Oh yes, there is always plenty of learning going on!

The Goal Setting Meetings have got off to a great start, the home school partnership is reinforced nice and early in the year and, as you will recognise, we, as key adults in the children's lives, need to be in sync with each other.

Speaking of being in sync - I'm hoping you have rallied the troops and purchased those tickets for the Ceiladh - the first school fundraising event of the year. Book a babysitter, mix and mingle, and enjoy a bit of a jig! Remember, it's about hard work and persistence! You won't be praised for ability! (See details in the separate newsletter item.)

Look forward to seeing you all at the powhiri next Friday.