Learning Gets Personal

July 14, 2016

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How to Develop a Growth Mindset

"I'm just bad at math." "I can't do that." "I give up." Every teacher lives in fear of these words on the first day of school. To combat this misconception, plant the seeds of a growth mindset in your students. If they’re nurtured well in the first few weeks of school, students will see the fruits of your labor not just all year, but for the rest of their lives. So, what is growth mindset, and how do you plant it?

Growth mindset helps Simon shift from “I’m bad at math” to “I don’t know how to answer this math problem...yet.” Those three letters, y-e-t, are the core of a growth mindset. It implies that Simon is capable, and with a bit of hard work and resilience, he will conquer that pesky equation. In short, growth mindset defines intelligence as malleable. The brain is a muscle, and with some exercise, it can be strengthened. So how does a teacher nurture this paradigm shift? Provide critical feedback and give your students an opportunity to revise their work. Create a risk-friendly environment that encourages students to take on challenges and (most importantly) acknowledge and explain their mistakes. Here are a few more ideas to get you started....

Guest Contributor: Brittany Griffin, Education Elements

Photo Credit: Sylvia Duckworth

Growth Mindset Resources

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