Learning Design Toolbox Tuesday
This Week's Focus: Strategies for Coaching a Growth Mindset
Strategies for Coaching a Growth Mindset
In this issue of Toolbox Tuesday, we have included a few resources to help you better coach teachers and understand how to cultivate a growth mindset. As you view each resource, consider how you can embrace a growth mindset, as well as model growth-mindset behaviors in your day-to-day interactions.
The Growth Mindset & Professional Development: Six Tips for Instructional Leaders
Leaders can work to cultivate a growth mindset in a variety of ways.
Here are six important points to consider.
- Model and support growth - Building leaders can demonstrate their growth mindset by setting personal learning goals and documenting their efforts along way. In the same respect, leaders can facilitate and support goal setting and progress monitoring with their staff.
- Expose and celebrate the growth process - Teachers are often exposed to the successes of others, but are rarely given a true picture of the commitment, trial and error, perseverance, and mistakes it took to get the results. While it is important to celebrate achievements, individuals with a fixed mindset can benefit from exposure to the ups and downs of the process. Providing teachers with “permission” to make mistakes, as well as strategies to overcome bumps within the process, can help promote a growth mindset.
- Observe one another - When people have very little experience with an activity, a strong sense of self-efficacy can be evoked by watching others perform the task. Leaders can start by vocally giving “permission” for teachers to enter one another’s classrooms. Leaders may also consider filming teachers and creating a video library of model teaching within the building.
- Provide follow-up coaching - Teachers reported the highest level of confidence and ability to implement strategies when feedback, collaboration, and follow-up coaching was involved. The role of the coach is not only to help see that initiatives are implemented with fidelity, but also to help teachers recognize how their own learning and growth can impact student achievement.
- Keep a pulse on staff morale - Most educators can tell you from experience that positive moods can generate more positive moods while negativity breeds negativity. While teachers may comply with mandates and attend trainings regardless of their affect, true change will only happen when people buy in. Leaders can help facilitate professional learning by showing staff how appreciated they are, using encouraging, positive words and phrases, as well as being empathetic to the demands on their time and energy.
While it may be difficult to move teachers from a fixed to a growth mindset overnight, it is important that leaders acknowledge such perceptions of competence within their staff. Without strong efficacy beliefs in themselves and their students, efforts at professional development may be futile. Working to increase the growth mindset in your teachers will benefit your staff and students alike.
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Next Week- The Introduction of Tech Tuesday!
After reviewing last week's survey results, we are planning a balanced approach of coaching resources to grow your professional craft and technology tools to enhance student and teacher engagement.