“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” By Thomas A. Edison
Growth Mindset = the belief that intelligence can be developed. Helping students build growth mindset helps motivate students and improves student achievement. So how can we build growth mindsets in the classroom? Below are five ways and a toolkit of resources to also help.
- Teach students about the malleability of the brain and how it works. For example: The brain is a muscle. Also see Brainology® infomation below.
- Give authentic feedback (also known as process praise) verse praise. For example: You completed that project well vs you are smart.
- Value mistakes! Did you know…our brain is more active when we make mistakes.
- Change our language. For example: Adding ‘yet’ to our words. – I am not good at fractions. vs I am not good at fractions yet.
- Purposeful and meaningful learning that is relevant.
- Pointless = de-motivating & frustrating
- Meaningful = motivating & energizing
Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change By Stephen R. Covey
If you have any resources to share to help educators build growth mindset, please share them in the comments.