Negative learning attitudes are toxic – so flip the script

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When pupils are trapped in negative narratives like ‘I can’t do this’ or ‘this is hard’, it can be toxic to learning, says Zoe Enser – so she explored what research has to say about flipping the script

How I kept students going

If there is one thing that you learn when you are surrounded by freezing fog, standing on top of a remote hill, 30 miles into a 50-mile ultramarathon, it is that the mind can be a truly powerful thing.

Despite the months of training and careful preparation, it doesn’t take much to derail your thinking from “I’m the Mo Farah of the mountains” to “nobody would care if I just went home”.

The experience got me thinking about the narratives we tell ourselves and the immense power we have to change and control them. Yes, I felt tired, but could I go on? Of course! Was I sore? Not really, but the ...

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