A Growth Mindset Environment

9:00 am - Growth or Fixed Mindset?

Growth Mindset: "based on the belief that your basic qualities are things you can cultivate through your efforts" (7)
- Examples from page 9: "'I need to try harder in class, be more careful when parking the car, and wonder if my friend had a bad day.' 'The C+ would tell me that I'd have to work a lot harder in the class, but I have to rest of the semester to pull my grade up.'"
Fixed Mindset: "believing that your qualities are carved in stone creates an urgency to prove yourself over and over" (6)
-Examples from page 8: "'I'd feel like a reject.' 'I'm a total failure.' 'I'm an idiot.' 'I'm a loser.' 'I'd feel worthless and dumb - everyone's better than me.'"

9:20 am - Ways to Develop a Growth Mindset

1. Praise
- "We praise other students for their efforts: 'Wow, you got [say] eight right. That's a really good score. You must have work really hard" (72)
2. Challenges
- "With the threat of failure looming, students with the growth mindset instead mobilized their resources for learning. They told us that they, too, sometimes felt overwhelmed, but their response was to dig in and do what it takes" (57-58).
3. Confidence in your Natural Abilities
- "'I started to get a sense of what a baseball player was and I could see it wasn't me. It was Lenny.' As he watched, listened, and mulled it over, it dawned on Beane that mindset was more important than talent" (83).
4. Motivation
- In sports if we motivate athletes to do their best, they usually are not upset with a loss because they know they tried their hardest. "'I don't mind losing as long as I see improvement or I feel I've done as well as I possibly could'" (98).
5. Setting High Expectations and Aiding Students Along the Way
- "teachers with the growth mindset brought many low achievers up into the high-achieving range", "The great teachers believe in the growth of the intellect and talent, and they are fascinated with the process of learning" (194).
Fixed vs. Growth Mindsets In Children