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Celebrating Learning Stories Conference 2017

Session Three: 2.15-3.45pm


Presenter: Carol, Pat and Sarah, Mangere Bridge Kindergarten 

Workshop 24: From grit to goals: risk and challenge is a mindset

In a contemporary world the changing nature of access to the outdoor environment provokes challenges for early childhood educators. However we believe that risk and challenge for children (and teachers) is not just about the outdoors but is  a mindset. Risk and challenge happens across the curriculum in all areas of the kindergarten. This workshop, divided into 3 sections, uses Learning stories to investigate teacher practice in supporting and developing a growth mindset. Carol Dweck’s work around  Growth mindset explains that success is not based on ability and talent but rather on effort and “grit”. Children are supported over time and in a variety of contexts to put in the effort and “grit” to achieve their goals.

Personal bio

Carol Hartley, has been Head Teacher at Mangere Bridge Kindergarten since 1993. She was Lead researcher for the COI contract 2006-2008. Carol completed study for Master of Education in 2010. She is a recipient of a 2012 NZ National NEiTA Leadership award. She is a Co-author of “Crossing the Border,” published by NZCER Press in 2012 and a chapter in Teachers voyaging in plurilingual seas published in NZCER Press 2016. The team at Mangere Bridge Kindergarten won the Prime Minister’s Education Excellence award in 2015 for their work on transition to school.

Pat Rogers, Teacher joined the team at Mangere Bridge Kindergarten in 2007 was a teacher researcher for the COI contract 2006 – 2008. Pat is currently completing study for her Masters in Education. She is a Co-author of “Crossing the Border,” published by NZCER Press in 2012 and a chapter in “Teachers voyaging in plurilingual seas” published in NZCER Press 2016.. The team at Mangere Bridge Kindergarten won the Prime Minister’s Education Excellence award in 2015.

Sara Stones joined the team in 2016. She has taught in both early childhood and primary in London and Dubai.