WICOR Wednesday

McAlester High School Volume 1.7

Motivation and Student Success

Today, AVID is highly influenced by the work of Carol Dweck, one of the world’s

leading researchers and thought leaders in the field of motivation. Her research at Stanford University focuses on why people succeed and how to foster success. In her book Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, Dweck insists that we look at the world with either a “growth mindset” or a “fixed mindset.” The former is characterized by the belief that talents and abilities are fixed, and no amount of work can change them. The latter is characterized by the belief that talents and abilities can be developed through hard work and education. She argues that students can, and should, be taught that effort can lead to positive changes and success. Dweck’s work supports AVID’s central philosophy that all students—no matter their backgrounds—have not only the right, but the ability to succeed.

The Power of Believing You Can Improve

This short Ted Talk by Dweck is powerful and would great to share with students as you discuss with them the notion of fixed vs growth mindsets and their link to achievement and success. You won't want to miss this one! She's good!
Carol Dweck: The power of believing that you can improve

This Week's Focus: Growth vs. Fixed Mindset

Students will rise to the challenge if they know that success is something available to all through hard work and individual determination. As students are approaching a new or challenging task, it is critical they understand that the key to getting higher grades and mastering content it is not a result of some inner giftedness or natural talent, but rather hard work and sheer determination.

Instructional Steps:

1. Briefly explain to students the difference between a fixed mindset vs. a growth mindset, without implying which mindset is more beneficial in life.

2. Distribute the Fixed vs. Growth Mindset: Self-Assessment Continuum and have students complete the activity.

3. Then distribute the Fixed vs. Growth Mindset: Self-oAssessment Continuum Reflection and have students address the written-response reflection questions.

To increase the rigor of this activity, read an article by Dweck (I have attached one below, but many others are available online) and then have a Socratic Seminar on the selected reading.

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Need More Assistance or Information?

AVID Site Team Members are here to help! If you'd like to observe AVID in action, please let one of us know and we will make it happen. #AVIDBuffs #AVIDSchoolwide #WeAreMcAlester. Handouts are included below. PDFs are available if you need them, just let me know.

Happy Wednesday!


Hand Outs--Self-Assessment Continuum

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