We are big on Research

Our educational content has been created by an NSW accredited teacher with a Masters in International Public Health

Pedagogy

Grow Your Mind uses a blended learning approach to allow for a broad range of learners and teachers to access the content, ideas and strategies. We have created resources that incorporate explicit, collaborative, play-based and digital learning.

In 2021 an external evaluation of the Grow Your Mind schools program was completed by the Psychology Department at The University of Wollongong. The results were very compelling and highlighted students who had access to the Grow Your Mind program showed the following:

– reduction in negative affect, 

– positive gains in physical and psychological wellbeing

– quality of the child’s interactions with others, sense of connection, belonging and engagement.

To read a summary of the evaluation project results please click here.

The full evaluation report can be found here.

Some of the (MANY) key researcher and leaders who have inspired Grow Your Mind:

MARTIN SELIGMAN, PENN UNIVERSITY

Martin Seligman is the founder of modern day positive psychology (the scientific study of what enables individuals and communities to flourish). He is the recognised authority on interventions that prevent depression, build strengths and wellbeing.

Grow Your Mind in particular focuses on:

OPTIMISM: Seligman states that optimism can be a learned behaviour and should be a priority for children, in order to build resilience, prevent poor mental health and extend life.  At Grow Your Mind we have created the concept of shark and dolphin thinking as a playful way to teach optimism and pessimism. From a young age we aim to teach children that not all thoughts are facts and that some thoughts can be helpful and others can be unhelpful.

GRATITUDE: Seligman has highlighted that gratitude is a powerful technique to practice in order to boost long term happiness, in fact it is the key ingredient in all long term studies on people who feel happy for extended periods of their life. It is also a big component of building optimism. Seligman refers to fascinating research on these topics.He has also written numerous books and carried out his own studies in this area. At Grow Your Mind we provide every day suggestions for practising gratitude in an authentic way. The strategies we suggest vary from journals, reflection questions, meditation and highlighting children’s literature that supports the practice.

DR BARBARA FREDRICKSON, NORTH CAROLINA

Barbara Fredrickson has completed numerous studies on broadening emotions and their impact on our emotional and physical health. In particular she has focused on what joy, kindness, love and gratitude do to our mental health.  At Grow Your Mind we created the Flip to Flourish which has over 60 invitations for ways we can flourish. We also developed the Take Care of Your Mind poster with lessons to highlight every day habits we can grow to increase positive emotions. The Grow Your Mind podcast consists of 7 episodes that highlight the importance of positive emotions. We developed the DOSE poster, each letter stands for a different neurotransmitter with examples of ways your brain can release these. We have multiple student reflection journals as well as bite sized video lessons on these topics  for teachers and students to use.

DR CAROL DWECK, STANFORD UNIVERSITY

Carol Dweck is one of the world’s leading researchers in the field of motivation. Dweck has focused on mindsets, which are -the beliefs we hold about ourselves and our most basic qualities.Through her work she has highlighted the power of praising effort in children as opposed to talent. Her studies have spotlighted the power of imparting knowledge about Fixed vs Growth mindset to children – that their brains are always growing – that intelligence is not fixed. 

At Grow Your Mind we have created the Growth Mindset Tree poster along with lessons and reflection questions to further support cultivating a growth mindset. The poster is a visual representation of the things we say to ourselves when we face a problem, when we are learning something new and when we hand in our work.

KAREN REIVICH, PENN UNIVERSITY

Karen Reivich has studied and created the 7 habits of growing resilience in people:

  • emotional awareness
  • impulse control
  • realistic optimism
  • flexible thinking
  • self efficacy
  • empathy
  • reaching out (taking risks)
  • We created the Grow Your Mind podcast to teach the key steps to positive mental health and resilience. There are 7 episodes each with a core theme addressing wellbeing.

VIA INSTITUTE OF CHARACTER

In the early 2000s Scientists discovered a common language of 24 character strengths. These are the qualities that come most naturally to you. Every individual possesses all 24 character strengths in different degrees, giving each person a unique character strength profile. When you know your strengths, you can improve your life and thrive. Everyone possesses all 24 character strengths in different degrees, so each person has a truly unique character strengths profile. At Grow Your Mind we created the character strengths posters, discussion pointers for explaining strengths and other values in a child friendly way, lesson plans, reflection journals and a Guess Who video series to playfully teach what character strengths are.

DR DAN SIEGEL

Siegel turns leading brain science into simple and effective solutions to nurture children’s wellbeing and boost mental health. In one of his books, The Whole-Brain Child (co-authored with Dr Bryson) , Siegel offers powerful research based tools for helping children develop emotional intelligence. Siegel explains how the brain works and promotes the idea that giving very young children self-understanding can lead to a greater ability to make good choices and ultimately a more meaningful and joyful life. One strategy the authors share is for adults to understand the concept of the “upstairs” and “downstairs” brain which uses the analogy of a two-story house to illustrate aspects of kids’ brains. The downstairs brain includes lower regions of the brain that are responsible for basic functions (like breathing and blinking) as well as impulses and emotions (like anger and fear). Siegel’s analogy of ‘Flipping the lid’  is another helpful example of  understanding the brain and emotional regulation.

Grow Your Mind created animal characters to playfully teach key parts of the brain. Using stories and animal analogies to teach complex subject matter has been done throughout time. We created these animals and our story to introduce the basics of neuroscience in an engaging way for young and old.We developed posters displaying each animal, an animation, student reflection journals and our podcast integrates the animals into each episode.


The above is only the beginning! Our resources have been influenced by 

many researchers, psychologists and teachers. We are continually energised by organisations, podcasts, books, Ted Talks, blogs, websites & journal articles. Here is again a small snapshot of these:


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We have just launched the Grow Your Mind schools program on a new LMS platform, with improved user experience and new features. We will be migrating all our schools across to this platform over the coming months. If you have any questions please get in touch.

Hannah, a Grow Your Mind ambassador teacher, shows how she uses the emotional checkin tool

Co-Founder and Director of Content Alice Peel talks about the Grow Your Mind Schools Program

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