What is Mindset?

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Mindset - The Psychology of Success

  • Why brains and talent don't bring success
  • How brains and talent can stand in the way of success
  • Why praising brains and talent doesn't foster self-esteem and accomplishment, but jeopardizes them
  • How teaching a simple idea about the brain raises grades and productivity
  • How developing a growth mindset is a choice that can positively impact your personal and professional life
  • How research has proven that intelligence can be developed through effort and skill building
  • How having a growth mindset connects to student learning
  • How to model and foster growth mindsets in ourselves and our students
  • How to change our mindsets about making mistakes.

Messages about Success

Every word and action from an adult to a child sends a message. It tells children how to think about themselves.

Fixed Mindset

Actions and words say, "You have permanent traits and I'm judging you and those traits."

Growth Mindset

Actions and words say, "You are a developing person and I am interested in your development."

In a growth mindset, people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work - brains and talent are just the starting point. This view creates a love learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment.