Willie Brown Academy Insider
December 6, 2019
Over the next 4 weeks, I will be sharing strategies for helping your child develop a growth mindset:
1. Say This, Not That
The way we provide feedback to our children can have a profound impact on their mindset. Research on feedback and mindsets shows that when we praise children for being smart, it promotes a fixed mindset. It sends a message that their accomplishments are trait-based, and tied to something innate that they can't control. In contrast, praising kids for working hard promotes a growth mindset. It sends a message that the child's effort and hard work is what let them to success. So instead of saying "You made an A, you're so smart!" you could say something like, "All of the effort you put in really paid off!" In general, we want to provide feedback to our children to make them more reflective learners, wherein they can self-monitor their emotions and choose new strategies in lieu of giving up. Promoting challenges as desirable and describing struggles as normal goes a long way toward developing perseverance and resilience in children.
Use the table below to guide your efforts in growth minded feedback to your child.
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