Personal best challenges – a fun activity for the whole family!
A new one every fortnight: these aim to build evidence for your child that practice and sticking at something has a real impact. Great for developing grit and resilience.
Keep a record of your progress to evidence that practice helps you get better at anything!
PB Challenge 3 Limbo
Our Personal Best challenges aim to build resilience by demonstrating to children that practice has impact.
Theory behind it:
A GROWTH MINDSET for us is the belief that you can get better at something with the right support and practice. It is based largely on Carol Dweck’s research. Mathew Syed has also written on the subject in his book, Bounce.
The brain is a muscle.
It can be developed.
Every time you do something to push yourself out of your comfort zone to learn something new, the neurons in your brain form new connections.
If you do something over time and practise it, you get smarter or better at something.
Some things are limited by genetic inheritance, of course, such as eye colour, hair colour, height and so on.
BUT the brain is not like that. It adapts to the demands we place upon it, to a certain extent.
It’s a highly adaptable organ. Neuroscientists call this plasticity.
Using the language of ‘we CAN do it’ and this pupil will be able to get better if we do this or they do this…
How can we help this pupil to improve?
Avoiding labelling children and saying to yourself there’s no point in teaching fractions to this child…they’ll never get it.
Instead of thinking of reasons why a child can’t achieve, we say ‘how can I help them to achieve?’
How do we overcome these barriers to learning?
“I can’t do that… YET!”
“Stuck? Good… Now let’s learn.”
So, the PB Challenge aims to demonstrate clear evidence to your child that with practice and the right advice, they will get better.