The Importance of a Growth Mindset
Establishing a growth mindset in classrooms.
What Is A Growth Mindset
Students with a Growth Mindset vs. A fixed Mindset
How are these mindsets established?
Helping Students Develop a Growth Mindsets
Growth Mindsets in the Classroom
Teachers jobs involve helping students reach their full potential. The teachers might be trying to help students reach their full potential but what they don't know is that they can be influencing the students to have a fixed mindset rather than a growth one. In Chicago there is a high school that requires the students so pass a certain amount of courses, when they don't pass all of those courses the students get the grade Not Yet. By saying Not Yet rather than failing the students you give them a sense of hope. When telling a student that they are failing they diminish all the hope that was given to them, when telling them Not Yet you give them hope for the future that they will get this eventually. In our society today students believe that they are their test scores, they are defined by their grades.
What can teachers do now to help their students? They can give them the power of hope, the power of yet. Students can turn around their mindsets by just saying the word yet. A fixed mindset sentence could be changed, such as "I don't understand this!" can be changed to "I don't understand this yet". At school we should want our students to reach for the moon land upon the stars but keep working for the moon, rather than them not leaving the base.
Hopkins, Gary. "How Can Teachers Develop Students Motivations -- and Success." Education World. 2000. Web. 21 Jan. 2016.
The Power Of Believing That You Can Improve. Perf. Carol Dweck. The Power Of Believing That You Can Improve. Nov. 2014. Web. 21 Jan. 2016.