Musings on Mindset

True philanthropy requires a disruptive mindset, innovative thinking and a philosophy driven by entrepreneurial insights and creative opportunities.” By Naveen Jain

This weekend I finished the book Mindset by Carol Dweck. I believe this is a must read for all educational leaders as the concept – moving from a fixed mindset to a growth mindset – is a way of building students to be self-directed life long learners. With that being said, I don’t think it should be a ‘summer read’  or book  study for an entire staff.

I think the concept of mindset should be taught to all educators but using a variety or resources and through modeling.  These resources below I have found have helped educators and  their students move from a fixed to growth mindset. I showed this video, Hackschooling Makes me Happy, to my students and it made for an excellent argumentative writing prompt, debate and teachable moment.

Resources:

Carol Dweck on Struggle

Famous Failures (Helps Students See Famous People Struggle too)

Even Geniuses Work Hard

Creating a Growth Mindset in Your Students

RSA Animate – Changing Education Paradigms

Disrupting Education 

The Science of Character: Developing Positive Learning Traits

Studies Offer Practical Ways to Bring ‘Growth Mindset’ Research to Schools

Extreme Mindset Makeover: How to Remodel Your Thoughts 

Mindset Works: Student Motivation through a Growth Mindset

It has been said by Jeff Raikes, CEO, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation that, “Growth Mindset is a key to closing the achievement gap.” I would love to hear any ideas/resources etc that you have used in your classroom or with your staff to help them with their mindset.

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Comments on: "Musings on Mindset" (4)

  1. Dan Thomander said:

    I shared with my class the NPR broadcast that compared the predominant mindset in many Asian cultures with the predominant mindset in the United States. That broadcast led to good discussion and was how I introduced the concept of growth vs. fixed mindset to my students.

    The broadcast can be found at: http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2012/11/12/164793058/struggle-for-smarts-how-eastern-and-western-cultures-tackle-learning

  2. […] are the excuses/arguments educators make that usually have a fixed mindset verse a growth mindset. As a leader (you don’t need to be in a leadership position, to be a leader) you […]

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