“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.

  1. Teach students about the malleability of the brain and how it works. For example: The brain is a muscle. Also see Brainology® infomation below.
  2. Give authentic feedback (also known as process praise) verse praise. For example: You completed that project well vs you are smart.
  3. Value mistakes! Did you know…our brain is more active when we make mistakes.
  4. Change our language. For example:  Adding ‘yet’ to our words. – I am not good at fractions. vs I am not good at fractions yet. 
  5. Purposeful and meaningful learning that is relevant. 
    1. Pointless = de-motivating & frustrating
    2. Meaningful = motivating & energizing


Perts Mindset Toolkit and Perts Mindset Meter

Mindset Works – Especially the Brainology®


The Power of Believing That You Can Improve 

How Mistakes Make You Smarter

You Can Learn Anything

Kid President Videos


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

Daniel Pink’s Books


Six ways to teach growth mindset from day one of school

Growth Mindset: How to Normalize Mistake Making and Struggle in Class

Mindsets and Student Agency

If you have any resources to share to help educators build growth mindset, please share them in the comments.

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