High Ability Students, Mindset and Motivation
Thank you to everyone who attended our recent information session on How Montessori Schools Support High Ability Students.
Some of the key points covered were:
- The characteristics of high ability children
- The greatest predictor of success is not innate ability but how much practice and effort children put in and how self-motivated they are
- Importance of developing a growth mindset
- A Montessori education focusses on developing deep conceptual knowledge and learning dispositions
- Principles of Montessori education
- Montessori education honours children’s development and seeks to meet the holistic needs of each individual child
- How Montessori teachers differentiate teaching and learning in classrooms
Please let us know if there is a particular topic you would like us to address at a parent information session in the future.
Interestingly, Aimee Allen at Montessori Grit recently posted a blog in which she also stressed the importance of mindset and intrinsic motivation:
Success and achievement are more about mindset than about talent. Those who believe intelligence is predetermined and unchanging are less likely to persist and achieve that those who believe mindset is malleable.
The key to a Montessori child’s success is intrinsic motivation. This is a desire to learn that stems from curiosity and not from outside rewards. The motivation comes from pleasure of the task itself and/or the completion of the task. We can’t make children learn.
We can’t make a child persevere or be passionate about learning. We can only provide the opportunities, the time and the support.