Character Education – About the Boys

Growth mindset environment – The role of EQ?
Mr David Idstein

“Success is peace of mind, which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you made the effort to do your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming.”  John Wooden


This lightning session will demonstrate practical examples of how an understanding of the fundamentals of emotional intelligence (self-knowledge, self-regulation, social awareness and social regulation) can help leaders to develop a growth mindset themselves and ultimately to foster a growth mindset environment.

With an understanding of the basic aims of a growth mindset, David will share a first-hand experience of building a successful environment within the ASRU Combined States (CS) Rugby team in their preparation for the National Rugby Championships. Combined States is a side picked from the main Rugby States after their respective 1st and 2nd teams have been selected. These 23 players have four days to prepare for Game 1 against QLD. Over the last four years, CS has achieved pleasing results and has been over represented in selections at the Australian level. David will call on some inspiration he has used in this context, such as the All Blacks, Dale Carnegie, John Wooden and Will Ferrell.


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David Idstein is an experienced Science, Physics and Mathematics teacher at The King’s School, where he is also Assistant Housemaster of Broughton Forrest. As a rugby coach, he has worked with the King’s 1st XV, the GPS 1st XV and now the Combined States. David has completed an MEd (Coach Education) in which he has continued to develop his knowledge of communicating and developing character in young men, crossing over to his teaching, mentoring and leadership roles.