Kennah Evilsizer


Why teacher should read this:

Mindset is an interesting book that talks about fixed versus growth mindset. Fixed mindset is defined by people who believe their basic abilities, intelligence, and talents are just "fixed traits" an example of fixed mindset would be if a student gets a bad grade on a test and thinks "I got a bad grade because I am bad at this subject," Growth mindset is defined by people who believe anyone can be good at anything because their abilities are entirely due to their actions. An example of this would be if a student gets a bad grade on a test and thinks "I did not do enough studying to do good on this test, I will study more for next time," By reading this book it will teach students and teachers how to have the right mindset to be successful. Mindset teaches students how to think about their personal failures and successes and teachers how to help students have the mindset to succeed. Dweck makes clear why praising intelligence and ability doesn’t foster self-esteem and lead to accomplishment, but may actually jeopardize success. With the right mindset, teachers can motivate their students and help them to raise their grades, as well as reach their own goals.

how it impacts me as student and learner

After reading this book it has made me think differently about how I approach certain things in school. When I don't understand something in class, I think that it is me, that I am not capable of understanding the material when i should really think about working harder to understand it. When my stunt doesn't hit in cheer, instead of thinking its all my fault that I suck at cheer I should say I should work at home to improve my skills for when I come into practice the next day. After reading this book I have a growth mindset so I have better success and bigger goals for myself.

How i will use in my future classroom

After my education, when I am a teacher, I plan to keep this book around and keep it in my classroom so I can always remember how impactful mindset can be. I will make a poster for my fifth graders that has the definition of growth and fixed mindset in my own words. On the first day of school I will explain to my students the difference between the two mindsets. I will bring up the two mindsets and make it a big part of my classroom so that my students remember to always have a growth mindset.

Questions I had

* Why do we have these two mindsets?

* Are there any other mindsets we could have?

* Can we have a mixture of both?

* what will make students remember to have growth the most?

* Can we learn to always have growth mindset?