Developing Dispositions

“Acts form habits. Habits form character.”
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“The function of education, therefore, is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. But education which stops with efficiency may prove the greatest menace to society. The most dangerous criminal may be the man gifted with reason, but with no morals.”
Martin Luther King
“Character is built by striving to be kind not famous. “
Brendan Burchard

Glenmoor and Winton’s approach to developing dispositions is heavily influenced by the Habits of Mind (Costa and Kallick) – click here for an overview and our links with the charityBig Change


We began our approach by looking exploring Costa’s 5 Thoughts about a Thought-Full Curriculum

1. Learning to think

2. Thinking to learn

3. Thinking together

4. Thinking about our own thoughtfulness

5. Thinking big

Click here for a presentation on these 5 ideas.


However, despite feeling aligned to the work of Costa we felt that we needed a more bespoke and synthesized version for our schools which is where @ GW we STRIVE came to be. #STRIVE has become the language of character at GW. It permeates the fabric of the building and is used by staff and students in a multitude of different surroundings.

What is STRIVE?

Click here for an overview

From September 2017 staff will focus on assessing the 6 strands of STRIVE for reporting purposes which replaces the previous attitude to learning grade and the new Prefect Team have #STRIVE as their motto. The inaugural GW STRIVE awards were hosted in July 2017. Click here for winners and the testimonials.


From September 2017 staff will focus on assessing the 6 strands of STRIVE for reporting purposes which replaces the previous attitude to learning grade and the new Prefect Team have #STRIVE as their motto. The inaugural GW STRIVE awards were hosted in July 2017. Click here for winners and the testimonials.

MALS

Myself as a Learner Scale (or MALS) has been trialled at GW using the same cohort of students over a two-year period. The first set of results can be found here. The subsequent study can be found here. The analysis of the MALS study can be read by clicking here.

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