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Growth & Benefit Mindset

Growth Mindset

A Growth Mindset refers to the belief that a person’s abilities and intelligence can be developed through dedication and hard work. According to Dr. Carol Dweck – the professor of psychology who coined the term and studied the scientific effects of a Growth Mindset for thirty over years – students who believe that they can learn more and can become smarter through hard work and perseverance indeed learn more, learn faster and learn more thoroughly. Such students perceive challenges and mistakes as opportunities to improve their learning and abilities. As such, they have a love for learning and the resilience necessary for great accomplishments. 

The school values of Self-discipline and Integrity underpin a Growth Mindset.

Benefit Mindset

A Benefit Mindset takes the Growth Mindset one step further. Rather than learning and growing just for the sake of individual gain, a person with a Benefit Mindset believes that by growing to be his best, he can best apply his strengths to benefit the world around him. He aspires to discover his strengths so that he can meaningfully contribute to causes greater than himself. By making meaningful and valuable contributions to the larger community, he feels happy, accomplished and successful. This drives him to further grow himself so that he may better benefit the world.

The school values of Responsibility and Empathy underpin a Benefit Mindset.

At Waterway Primary School, S.H.I.N.E stands for: 

Key Message
 Smarter &
I can train my brain to do it better.
 Happier throughI will be my best self to benefit the world. 
 IntrospectionI reflect on my mistakes and think about my purpose. 
 Navigating obstacles, &I can’t do it yet, but with effective effort, I will be able to. 
 Effective effortI apply hard work and the right strategies to conquer challenges. 

The two mindsets are imbued in students through explicit teaching during Orators lessons as well as through integration in subjects across the curriculum. 

Through S.H.I.N.E, students of Waterway Primary School learn to connect the dots between individual well-being and collective betterment. As they strategise to overcome challenges, reflect on their own mistakes, find meaning and purpose in the things they learn and do, and think of effective ways to relate to others around them, Waterway Primary students grow to be lifelong learners and gracious citizens.