Posts tagged ‘Mindset’

Tools to Help Students Build a Growth Mindset

“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.

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.


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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