Growth Mindset

Improving Your Mindset, Improving Your Learning


I. Introduction

-Current views of mindset

-What does mindset really mean?

-Different types of mindsets

II. Examples of the two mindsets

-Growth mindset-text passage page

-Fixed mindset-text passage page

III. Applying new mindset to your own learning

-How do you think you can change your mindset?

-Examples given of five ways to improve mindset

Introduction: What mindset do you have?

Thinking questions:

1. How do children respond to challenges they might face? (Does it encourage them or discourage them)

2. What role do you think thinking (positively or negatively) plays in their accomplishments?

3. What does the phrase "growth mindset" mean to you?

Mindset: The belief that a change in thinking can affect a persons ability to succeed.

Fixed Mindset: A way of thinking that is based on the assumption that ability to learn and succeed are set traits and cannot be improved.

Example: A student receives a bad grade on an exam and is discouraged by it, feeling like they should give up.

Associated Traits: Once they are criticized they show characteristics of low self esteem and pessimism, but when things are going well for them they are content with themselves.

Growth Mindset: A way of thinking that revolves around the belief that one can grow from mistakes and can improve their intellect to succeed no matter how they began.

Example: A student receives a bad grade on an exam and feels the desire to work harder until they improve.

Associated Traits: They feel the desire to work harder and they feel determined by criticism.

(Dweck Chapter 2)

Mindsets: Examples

Changing Your Mindset

-Set high expectations: If teachers set high expectations for ALL their students the students will be encouraged to grow as learners. Teachers with a fixed mindset "don't believe in improvement, so they don't try to create it" for their students. (Dweck 197)

-Fair discipline: Children need some sort of discipline but it must be fair/well-thought out for growth mindset to be practiced. This discipline will encourage open communication and mature decision making for the long-term. (Dweck 188)

-Praise: Praise only should be given to children who show they work hard, rather than praise simply given because of a child's overall intelligence but lack of work ethic. Praise for work ethic encourages the growth mindset. (Dweck 177)

-Encouraging learning from challenges: Children should learn to question why setbacks occur and use them for their benefit in the future. (Dweck 215)

-Controlled confidence: Giving a child confidence can cause the child's learning to suffer as they will either feel like they do not need to study to learn or prevent them from dealing fully with challenges. (Dweck 176)

The Effect of Praise on Mindset

Carol Dweck - A Study on Praise and Mindsets



Dweck, Carol S. Mindset: The New Psychology of Success. New York: Random House, 2006.



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