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Growth Mindset and Mindfulness

Growth Mindset research is a psychological study on how people succeed pioneered by Carol Dweck PhD whereas 

The basis of this research is that there are two frames of mindsets:

  • Fixed: The belief that people are born with fixed amount of intelligence and ability. People operating in a fixed mindset are prone to avoiding challenges and failures.

  • Growth: The belief that with practice, perseverance, and effort, people have limitless potential to learn and grow. People operating in a growth mindset are prone to tackle challenges and are not concerned with making mistakes.

NBCC is dedicated to cultivating 'growth mindsets' by laying the foundations that all children can learn.

We foster the notion that we a 'learning zone' and value the 'making of mistakes'. In all that children do

here at NBCC, no matter it is social-emotional, cognitive, or physical; we encourage persistence, resilience, flexibility, empathy, & optimism.  

Mindfulness was introduced by Dr Jon Kabatt-Zinn in the 1970's and since has become an important 

influence on medicine, psychology, the military, corporate environments, and now education. It is

defined as:

'the awareness that emerges through paying attention on purpose, in the present

moment, and non judgmentally to the unfolding of experience moment by moment' 

Mindfulness techniques have been associated with benefiting both the prefrontal cortex (part of the

brain that is responsible for higher thinking) and the amygdala (part of the brain that controls

emotion and response) and is used in regulating the body, mind, fear responses, emotions, and in 

heightening self awareness.

NBCC understands the importance of ‘mindfulness’ and practice breathing techniques with the

children to help them see that they can be 'in charge' of their emotions. Self regulation is a huge 

part of the very important work that preschoolers do and which is required as they transition to

elementary school. 

We take time each day to development awareness of our thoughts & emotions, as well as, to deepen

our sense of compassion towards others.