Breaking Shackles: Liberating the Mind for Learning

Michael Griffin
Mindset, metacognition, intrinsic motivation, expert skill development.
Metacognition, the hallmark of the free mind, is one of the “untarnishable joys of life”. A Growth Mindset provides the autonomous courage to begin the journey.
Target Audience
all teachers and principals
46 reviews
140

Learning Areas

Teaching Standards

General Description

This course synthesises the pedagogical factors that most impact learning, distilling the work of Hattie, Dweck, Deci & Ryan, Ericsson, Csikszentmihalyi, Harvard Project Zero, and other notable educational psychologists. We explore a synthesis of mindset, motivation & metacognition that challenges capped-potential self-conceptions. Teachers must understand the impact their beliefs, words and actions have on cultivating the learning disposition of students. Teacher mindsets result in expectations impacting student achievement. Metacognitive teaching has the greatest effect on learning, granting freedom of the mind. But how is it taught?

Audience

all teachers and principals

Available Delivery Formats

Format Description

Teaching Standards
1.2.2 Proficient Level – Understand how students learn
3.1.2 Proficient Level – Establish challenging learning goals
3.3.2 Proficient Level – Use teaching strategies

Are you in NSW? If so, this is relevant for you

Completing this course will contribute 5 hours of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Registered PD addressing 1.2.2, 3.1.2 & 3.3.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

TTA (Teacher Training Australia) is endorsed to provide the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Registered Professional Development for teachers accredited at Proficient and Lead Level Teacher.


This course contributes to 5.0 professional development hours.

Occurrences

There are no occurrences of 1. Face to Face in Australia (NSW) at this time.

Sessions

Achievement, A model for fostering Intrinsic motivation

1 hour

• Why do some students achieve so much more than others? • Introducing Self-Determination Theory
Freedom begins with a growth mindset

2 hours

• How mindsets drive learning
• How mindsets are cultivated
• How teacher mindsets determine student achievement

Teaching for metacognition

2 hours

• Thinking precedes learning
• Great teachers enable students to think for themselves
• The power of words, questions, sentence stems and prompts
• Flow – the ultimate in autotelic metacognitive learning

What To Bring

Pen and paper (or do we provide this?)

User Rating

4.9

Latest Reviews

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Breaking Shackles: Liberating the Mind for Learning - Michael Griffin - Thu 28th Nov 2019
05/12/2019

Highly relevant and high level quality

Breaking Shackles: Liberating the Mind for Learning - Michael Griffin - Thu 28th Nov 2019
05/12/2019

High quality, professional, well researched and presented Michael is a quality presenter with a wealth of knowledge and experience. A quality, professional and well researched presentation.

Luke Bjazevich
Holsworthy High School

Breaking Shackles: Liberating the Mind for Learning - Michael Griffin - Thu 28th Nov 2019
05/12/2019

The course was excellent. I found evaluating the consequences of micro-interactions in the classroom invaluable.

Breaking Shackles: Liberating the Mind for Learning - Michael Griffin - Thu 28th Nov 2019
05/12/2019

It was very beneficial and engaging course. The skills that l learnt is applicable to my teaching.

Breaking Shackles: Liberating the Mind for Learning - Michael Griffin - Thu 28th Nov 2019
05/12/2019

This course was just the right course to pause, reflect, think, exchange, ponder about the impact of words in a class environment. Michael’s knowledge is vast and he shared it with us in a very effective and gentle way. I found it particularly interesting to get to the bottom of why some people/students achieve more than others. This course was just the right course to pause, reflect, think, exchange, ponder about the impact of words in a class environment. Michael’s knowledge is vast and he shared it with us in a very effective and gentle way. I found it particularly interesting to get to the bottom of why some people/students achieve more than others.
Rachel, the International French School of Sydney

Breaking Shackles: Liberating the Mind for Learning - Michael Griffin - Thu 28th Nov 2019
05/12/2019

Excellent. Presented in a way that is useful in my approach to teaching and referenced research-based information relevant for my vocation.

Breaking Shackles: Liberating the Mind for Learning - Michael Griffin - Thu 28th Nov 2019
05/12/2019

This was a very informative course, with content that is immediately able to be implemented. Michael was engaging and welcomed questions from participants rather than simply steaming ahead with course content irrespective if participant queries.

Breaking Shackles: Liberating the Mind for Learning - Michael Griffin - Thu 28th Nov 2019
05/12/2019

Highly relevant and engaging. Presenter was engaging had up to date research

Breaking Shackles: Liberating the Mind for Learning
by Fiona Sharman on 10/10/2019

Michael is very personable and flexible to ensure engagement and interest. His knowledge and delivery were great.

Breaking Shackles: Liberating the Mind for Learning
10/10/2019

Very informative, engaging, good information, well presented content, friendly and encouraged conversation.

Breaking Shackles: Liberating the Mind for Learning
10/10/2019

Very interactive because of the size of the group.

Breaking Shackles: Liberating the Mind for Learning
10/10/2019

I think this would have benefitted from larger numbers – greater variety of discussion and more viable networking.

Breaking Shackles: Liberating the Mind for Learning
by Mary Bergmeier on 10/10/2019

Excellent explanations of terminology, with examples that relate to the content from his experience. These examples allowed for strategies to take back to school.

Breaking Shackles: Liberating the Mind for Learning
by Rita Saleh on 26/04/2019

The course was really informative with practical strategies for teachers to readily implement. It was very thought-provoking – can’t wait to try some new ideas and share what I’ve learnt with my colleagues.

Breaking Shackles: Liberating the Mind for Learning
by Lynsey Paton on 26/04/2019

Good pace, kept interest, relevant.

Breaking Shackles: Liberating the Mind for Learning
by Laura Shackleton on 26/04/2019

Really good course to refresh and build on growth mindset. Gave me some takeaway strategies to implement on my return.

Breaking Shackles: Liberating the Mind for Learning
26/04/2019

Really enjoyed the ideas and wisdom Michael shared and how he referred to personal experience.

Breaking Shackles: Liberating the Mind for Learning
26/04/2019

Great content. A little bit more group work and discussion would have been good to break up the day would have been good to break up the day.

Breaking Shackles: Liberating the Mind for Learning
26/04/2019

Highly effective strategies discussed. Very knowledgeable presenter. A valuable experience which I will share with fellow staff and students.

Breaking Shackles: Liberating the Mind for Learning / Face to Fac
14/04/2019

Loved the academic dialogue and current research from educators. Excellent.


About the team


Michael Griffin

Creator

Michael Griffin is an educator, keynote speaker, author and pianist.

Griffin’s talks to staff, students and parents, examine the factors that impact continuous improvement toward exceptional achievement. Whilst a learning mindset provides the autonomous volition to embark upon this journey, the greatest influence of progress – music and otherwise – is the quality and the quantity of effort, or in musical terminology – practice time. Indeed, Griffin’s books Children and Learning – For Parents and Learning Strategies for Musical Success investigates these concepts in detail providing pragmatic solutions for parents, general teachers and music teachers.

Griffin also presents to full staffs and student bodies on teacher/student mindsets, metacognition, intrinsic motivation and deliberate practice. He has spoken to groups of staff, students, parents, corporate and community audiences in more than 400 settings in 30 countries throughout the world. A full list of client schools can be accessed here.

Griffin has been the Keynote or Consultant Speaker at several global education events including the Association for Music in International Schools (AMIS, Dubai) European Council for International Schools (Hamburg and Nice), Association of International Schools Africa Educators' Conference (South Africa), English Schools’ Foundation (Hong Kong), International Educators Conference (Brunei), APEP Member Schools Conference (Thailand), British Schools of the Middle East Arts Conference (Dubai and Oman), Qatar Music Academy (Doha), Association Genevoise des Ecoles Privées (Switzerland), Maryborough Music Conference (QLD, Australia) to name but a selection. He has been an invited guest at the New Horizons adult education program in New York State and has consulted for Cambridge University Press designing curriculum for the government of Kazakhstan.

As a conductor, Griffin’s choral ensembles have received more than 40 prizes and awards (half of these first prizes) in Australian competitions including Australia’s top choral prize at the time, the Australasian Open Choral Championship. Griffin has adjudicated at several eisteddfods and been guest conductor for major events including the Pemulwuy National Male Voice Festival, and events in Switzerland, Asia, the United Kingdom and New Zealand. He is a recipient of the South Australian Education and Arts Ministers’ Prize and is listed in the inaugural Who’s Who South Australia.

As well as the widely acclaimed Learning Strategies for Musical Success, Griffin is the author of several music education books including Bumblebee! Rounds & Warm-up for Choirs and Modern Harmony Method. As a pianist, Griffin has held guest residencies at Dubai’s Burj al Arab as well as repeat invitations to Australia’s Hayman Island. Classical piano recordings include the compilations Consolation (2013) and Shimmer (2014). As a teacher in schools, Griffin held a range of posts up to Deputy Head level.