Mindsets

Learn to Fulfill Your Potential

9:00 a.m. What are Mindsets?

Mindsets are beliefs or views that affects every aspect of your life

Fixed Mindset: Believing your qualities are carved in stone (p. 6)
  • The aspects you are born with are the aspects you will always have—you either have it or you don't
  • All about validation: Success is about proving you're smart or talented (p. 15)
  • Effort = you are not smart nor talented

Damaging effects of the Fixed Mindset:

  • When something goes wrong, fixed mindsets believe the event is a reflection of their competence and worth
  • Setbacks and effort undermine their confidence (p. 51)
  • Fear of permanent labels keeps them from challenging themselves
  • Always take the easier route to guarantee success
  • Turns them into nonlearners



Growth Mindset: Believing your basic qualities are things you can cultivate through your efforts (p. 7)
  • Believing people can change and grow through application and experience (p. 7)
  • All about development & learning something new (p. 15)
  • Thrive on challenges (p. 21)
  • Effort = cause of your intelligence & talent
Growth vs Fixed Mindset

9:15 What Kind of Teacher are You?

"The great teachers believe in the growth of the intellect and talent, and they are fascinated with the process of learning" (p. 194)

Teachers with the Fixed Mindset:

Subject their students to the self-fulfilling prophecy
  • Teachers believe students who start out the year behind other students will end the year behind the other students
  • Teachers treat the behind students differently, giving the easier assignments
  • Result: the students who start the year behind, end the year behind
Praise their students' ability
  • Encourages the belief in the permanence of labels

Create an atmosphere of judgment


VERSUS

Teachers with the Growth Mindset:
  • Create at atmosphere of trust
  • Set high standards for all their students
  • Ask "How can I teach them?" not "Can I teach them", ask "How will they learn best?" not "Can they learn?" (p. 64)
  • Commit self to all students

9:30 a.m. Importance of the Growth Mindset

Allows students to:
  • Stick with something even when it doesn't go well at first
  • Work towards goals
  • Learn from mistakes
  • Believe in themselves
Keep Moving Forward!

9:40 Become a Growth Mindset Teacher

Growth Mindset teachers love to learn, and they learn by teaching (p. 201)

Teach students:
  1. "To love learning.
  2. To eventually learn and think for themselves.
  3. To work hard on the fundamentals" (p. 199)

Encourage your learners to change their mindset:
Act and speak in ways that send the message: "you are a developing person and I am interested in your development" (p. 173)

5 Recommendations:
  1. Set high standards (and give students the tools on how to reach them)
  2. Praise effort rather than ability
  3. Teach them it's okay to make mistakes
  4. Create a nurturing, trustworthy atmosphere—"all is achieved in an atmosphere of affection and deep personal commitment to every student" (p. 198)
  5. Never give up on them—especially the students who seem like they do not care

9:55 a.m. Let's Discuss

How will you handle students who do not seem to care?
How specifically will you implement this in your classroom?