Get your students to develop a "Growth Mindset"

by ChalkDustDiva, TES author and guest blogger

In my school district last year, many of the teachers were trained on the "Growth Mindset." In fact, our district has requested every teacher to share this concept with our students because they believe it is essential for all students to learn. Therefore, I created a presentation and reading activity for my secondary students.


Developing a Growth Mindset


Many of you may have already heard of "Growth Mindset," but many of you may have no idea what it is. Here is a brief introduction:

  • Carol Dweck, a psychologist from Stanford University discovered this idea through decades of research.

  • She explains the difference between a fixed mindset and a growth mindset:

  • In a fixed mindset, people believe their basic qualities, like their intelligence or talent, are simply fixed traits. They would rather have an "easy" assignment than a more challenging one, and they often are scared to make mistakes.

  • In a growth mindset, people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work. This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment. They are not scared to make mistakes because they are able to learn from them. Unlike their fixed mindset counterparts, the more challenging the assignment, the more intelligent they can get!

Teaching a growth mindset will help your students understand that effort is more important than intelligence; making mistakes is an important part of learning; and most importantly, intelligence is NOT fixed… they can get smarter with effort!


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