The Mindset Workshop
Tuesday, September 23 at 4:00 pm
4:15: How do we teach the Growth Mindset?
4:45: Watch video about the application of the Growth Mindset
The Fixed Mindset Vs. The Growth Mindset
-Example: If you tell a student, "You learned that so quickly! You're so smart!" they will interpret it as "If I don't learn something quickly, I'm not smart." (175). When they don't learn the next thing as quickly because of the fixed mindset they have developed, they will feel that they aren't "smart". They refuse to put effort in because they believe that putting effort in doesn't make them 'naturally' smart.
THE GROWTH MINDSET: Belief that your basic qualities are things you can cultivate through your efforts; everyone can change and grow through application and experience (7).
-Example: If a student doesn't do well, you can explain to them that "achievement come[s] through commitment and effort," (179). Try saying to them "Everyone learns in a different way. Let's keep trying to find the way that works for you, " (178). By doing this you are encouraging them to put effort into developing their success instead of blaming not succeeding on an outside reason.
5 Recommendations for developing a Growth Mindset in children
It's important to praise for efforts rather than praising for intelligence (176). If student can get a good grade without studying, they shouldn't be praised for that, but they should be praised for the effort and process put into growing and being able to accomplish something. To praise a student for their work, talk through the effort they put in and how it paid off (177-178). This helps students understand that when they make a mistake they now have the opportunity to grow and improve him/her-self.
2) Love/ Caring does't stop with a mistake
Make sure your students know that you will care about them even when they make a mistake! Making a mistake doesn't mean your not smart, it gives you opportunity to grow!! (196-197)
3) Not being afraid to admit your wrong or have faults
Let students know that it's okay to make mistakes! Help them by using constructive criticism! Show them how they can grow and improve their skills instead of blaming something else (182-193).
4) High standards, but a nurturing environment
Set high Standards for everyone in the class, not just students already achieving. It's important to not lower expectations to make students feel smarter, but to help them rise to the challenge and succeed (193). Let them know that you are working together and growing together, "Give them the tools to close the gap" (199).
"Real self-confidence is not reflected in a title... It is reflected in your mindset: your readiness to grow," (127). Don't focus on being the 'smart one', or the 'most popular teacher', what matters is how well you are able to educate your students.
In Your Classroom....
by Carol S. Dweck, Ph. D.
Watch this video!
Dweck, Carol S. Mindset: The New Psychology of Success. New York: Random House, 2006. Print.
The Power of Belief - Mindset and Success. Perf. Eduardo Briceno. TEDxManhattanBeach, 18 Nov. 2012. Web. 22 Sept. 2014.