Rethinking Intelligence

Suitable for:
Primary, Post Primary and FE
Works well with:
Rethinking Student Engagement and Rethinking Praise
3 Hours


Why are some students resilient while others just give up? What is it that motivates young people? What is motivation anyway and how can we truly impact on it? These are just some of the questions addressed in our CUREE endorsed Teacher CPD module.

'Rethinking Intelligence' is an interactive, activity based workshop drawing on the latest educational research on Mindset and Motivation. During the workshop teachers will examine the beliefs they hold around intelligence and how these beliefs affect student motivation and engagement. 

This workshop also incorporates tools and resources to help staff apply growth mindset theory in their context. All activities are underpinned by relevant theory and are explicitly linked to better outcomes for students.


  • Explore definitions of intelligence, genius and investigate what being ‘smart’ actually means
  • Reflect on experiences of intelligence and educational achievement, and consider how these shape their view of students’ abilities
  • Be introduced to the idea of, and the research behind, the growth mindset, self theories and in particular the work of Professor Carol Dweck
  • Explore tools and activities to help participants incorporate 'Growth Mindset' in specific contexts

Taking Part in this Programme

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‘Thank you for a very worthwhile day. This will certainly encourage me to rethink what intelligence is and ensure that my already high expectations will be even higher!

Holy Cross College, Strabane

Really interesting topics/notions covered and definitely challenging and stimulating.

Ballyclare Secondary School

Excellent. Practical and interesting. Needed reminding of a lot of the points made.

Abbey Vocational School