Growth Mindset in the Classroom

What is it?

Growth Mindset

Mindset is a simple idea discovered by world-renowned Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck in decades of research on achievement and success—a simple idea that makes all the difference.

In a fixed mindset, people believe their basic qualities, like their intelligence or talent, are simply fixed traits. They spend their time documenting their intelligence or talent instead of developing them. They also believe that talent alone creates success—without effort. They’re wrong.

In a growth mindset, people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work—brains and talent are just the starting point. This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment. Virtually all great people have had these qualities.

Questions to ponder about Growth Mindset

Use the articles above to answer the questions

1. In the TED talk "The power of believing that you can improve" what were Carol Dweck's two ways to think about a problem?
2. How does a persons mindset impact how they understand success and/or failure?
3. What do the different mindsets predict about motivation and achievement?
4. When establishing your classroom, what are four ways to lay a foundation to build a growth mindset environment?