-a open learning ’mindset’, that is in constant development
The fundament to form and develop oneself to a world citizen, is a learning mindset, which springs from understanding human as holistic being, with respect for the mind and body, that never stagnates.
Mindset and attitude development is an integral part of how we think at Blå Veje. This aspect of the curriculum corresponds to the Mindset Pillar in the educational framework. It has so much potential for the learning individual – both child and teacher.
Success in school (and in life) requires the proper mindset or attitude for learning. The right mindset is an important prerequisite for success in an intensive learning day that students experience as they go to school. The Mindset Theory and its practical use is based on Professor Carol Dweck's research study from Stanford University. Here they examined two fundamental aspects of success: people's willingness to take risks and to make an effort. The research showed that people predominantly followed one of two distinct patterns - having either a 'fixed' mindset or a 'developing' mindset.
The 'entrenched mindset of fixed patterns' will often express itself in students as avoiding challenges, giving up easily too quickly when the encountering with adversity, seeing effort as futile and ignoring useful feedback.
The 'developing' mindset on the other hand sees students taking up new challenges, enjoying encounters with adversity, seeing making an effort as a pathway to learn something new, can learn from feedback and find learning and inspiration in someone else's success.
Qualities such as these are essential for true success in life. The most important thing is that a person's mindset is not determined from birth, but should be regarded as a muscle that can be trained and developed.
The human being is not defined. Instead it has the ability to evolve and it is important for teachers, pedagogs and parents to have this view of learning as a developmental process, so that students can experience the most well-being and opportunity for themselves. This is a fundamental part of the holistic approach at Blå Veje
What do we mean by a holistic approach in BlåVeje?
In public primary schools there are five areas which are usually in focus: ethical, intellectual, musical, physical and social development. It is a somewhat inadequate approach that can be extended to accommodate important facets such as the child's emotional and creative development or, for example, the development of their botanical abilities.
It is about having a wider perception of the human being and the learning process. For example, looking at a learning curriculum from a full spectrum view. This uses the analogy of the natural range of colour frequencies seen in a rainbow. If you look at the picture below, you will see we have divided different learning ’focuses’ into different areas.
Perhaps you can see that most community schools might only touch red, orange, yellow and green (the latter two if they are very good schools), but seldom the other areas.
Some private/alternative schools may only look at green, blue and indigo, while lacking the first three. Very few schools combine all the aspects of learning, in particular violet.
At Blå Veje we see human life on Earth as a "spiritual nursery". We are set in the world to learn and experience all that is possible to perceive as humanity, thereby enriching each other and the earth while we find our own way in the broader context. With this view in mind as the philosophy of our education, the children will experience a life that is not only intellectual and academic. They will also have ample opportunity to experience the senses and feelings and other parts of themselves. The children are given an experience horizon that goes beyond the rational so that they become truly versatile developed. It is supported by many things as we get closer to other places, such as the conscious choice of physical frameworks and in an atmospheric consciousness, which we rarely think of in schools today.