About Growth Mindset
Increasingly adopted by primary schools in the UK as an educational philosophy, growth mindset is a way of helping young people talk about and process their emotions. There is also an emphasis in teaching young people that rather than saying, ‘I can’t do it’, they could say, ‘I can’t do it YET’. Fly High is grounded in these principles, showing our young audiences how to navigate their ‘big feelings’.
How Growth Mindset is used in Fly High:
In our story about two people meeting, becoming friends, and building a flying machine from
objects they find in the park, learning about aerodynamics as they go, they use the principles of
growth mindset. Flight works both literally and metaphorically to show how we can ‘take off’,
enjoy the process of experimentation, and become our very best selves. With our two characters
they literally take off and reach the stars, but the message to our family audience is that you can find the fun in ‘trying again’.
How we implement Growth Mindset in the rehearsal room:
We believe that creating a new piece of theatre is essentially growth mindset in action - we start
with a blank sheet of paper and our intention is to create an entire new (theatrical) world. Our
rehearsal journey is littered with false starts, and second, third, fourth, and fifth attempts - we
promote a nurturing and open environment to encourage all our creative practitioners to develop
and experiment, in order to bring their best versions of themselves to the rehearsal process.
Our Growth Mindset and Drama workshop:
Offered either to school groups or families, the workshop endeavours to create an environment in which we revel in failure (where FAIL stands for First Attempt In Learning) through fun drama
games. The emphasis is on children and grown ups playing together in a judgment-free setting and enjoying each other’s failures (where to fail is, in fact, to succeed).
Suggested further reading:
Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol S.Dweck
The Growth Mindset Playbook by Annie Brock
The Whole Brain Child by Daniel J. Siegel
Beautiful Oops by Barney Salzburg
What Do You Do With an Idea? By Kobi Yamada
How to Catch a Star by Oliver Jeffers