Learning to Fulfill Our Potential

9:00 a.m. Why Are Mindsets Important?

Validating Yourself v. Developing Yourself (p.15)

Mindsets transform the way you look at challenges, deciding whether to prove you're smart at the sacrifice of improved knowledge, or whether to stretch your mind and work to learn something new.

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9: 05 a.m. Fixed v. Growth Mindsets

FIXED MINDSET: believing that your qualities are carved in stone (p.6)
  • All about proving (p.6)
  • Students are afraid to fail - to the point where they will lie before admitting failure (p.71)
  • Turns students into non-learners (p.18)
  • Students see obstacles and challenges as a threat (p.58)


Students with a fixed mindset have been shown to decline academically over time (p.57)

If not trained, students with fixed mindsets will pass up opportunities that are important to their future success - both academically and socially - to feel smart in the short run

  • Foreign exchange students with a fixed mindset chose not to sign up for an additional course to learn better English even though they did not understand everything being said in their classes (p.17)

GROWTH MINDSET: believing that your basic qualities are things you can cultivate through effort (p.7)

  • Belief that you can change and grow through application and experience (p.7)
  • Believe you can develop yourself over time (p.7)
  • Students can better identify their strengths and weaknesses and work to overcome problems (p.11)

9:20 a.m. Video

Fixed vs. Growth Mindsets In Children

9:25 a.m. Being A Growth Mindset Teacher

A good teacher is one who continues to learn right along with the students (p.201)

Teach students:


To learn and think for themselves

To work hard on the fundamentals (p.199)

Tell students the truth about where they are and give them the tools to bridge the gap (p.199)


How can I teach them? NOT Can I teach them?

How will they learn best? NOT Can they learn? (p.64)

Marva Collins (p.64-65)

  • Took inner-city second grade Chicago students reading at the lowest level and treated them like geniuses until they became geniuses
  • Expected hard work and dedication
  • In return gave them a challenging yet nurturing environment and gave them the tools for success
  • Never gave up!
  • Results: Second-graders reaching the middle of the fifth-grade reading level

9:35 a.m. In Your Classroom: Encouraging a Growth Mindset in Students

CHALLENGE - students to work hard and overcome obstacles

LOVE - make your classroom as a nurturing environment where each student feels supported

PLAN - know what works best for different learners - from the most advanced to shy beginner

Five Recommendations:

  1. Set High Standards and Provide the Tools to Reach Those Goals (p.194)
  2. Praise Effort not Ability (p.72)
  3. Encourage students to Never Give Up (p.178)
  4. It's OK to Fail - use each failure as a chance to learn something new and praise the effort at attempting (p.181)
  5. Establish Confidence in students so they keep trying and learn to love challenges

9:45 a.m. Discussion & Questions

  • How wil you work with your students to improve mindset?
  • How can you work to be a growth mindset teacher?