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Culture of Growth: Growth Mindset

What is a growth mindset?

Created By

EL Education

Topic

  • Professional Development
  • School Culture

Type

Online Learning

"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 of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment"

Much of what EL Education knows about the mindsets of adults and students was learned through more than 20 years of experience and, more recently, from Carol Dweck's book Mindset: The New Psychology of Success. This is an excellent resource. You will see where we have drawn from this resource and others throughout our materials. 

Dweck, Carol. (n.d.) What is Mindset. Retrieved on September 30, 2015 from http://mindsetonline.com/whatisit/about.

Created By

EL Education

Topic

  • Professional Development
  • School Culture

Type

Online Learning

"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 of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment"

Much of what EL Education knows about the mindsets of adults and students was learned through more than 20 years of experience and, more recently, from Carol Dweck's book Mindset: The New Psychology of Success. This is an excellent resource. You will see where we have drawn from this resource and others throughout our materials. 

Dweck, Carol. (n.d.) What is Mindset. Retrieved on September 30, 2015 from http://mindsetonline.com/whatisit/about.

Dreams don't work unless you do. John Maxwell

Learning Targets

  1. I can explain the difference between a growth mindset and a fixed mindset.
  2. I can identify practices and language that promote a growth mindset.

Watch: The Power of Belief

Watch the TED talk below from Eduardo Briceño.  Then consider these questions.  According to Briceño...

  1. What is needed to achieve great success?
  2. What is the difference between a growth mindset and a fixed mindset?
  3. What is the most effective way to teach others about grit and perseverance?
  4. How does failure promote success? Do you agree or disagree with this?
  5. Describe the kind of feedback that research has shown to be effective in changing students’ mindsets.

TEDxManhattan Beach. (2012, November 19). The Power of Belief- Mindset and Success: Eduardo Briceno. Retrieved on February 20, 2017 from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pN34FNbOKXc

Dig Deeper

Videos

Ted Ed Lesson on the Mindsets - 8 min.: You don’t want to miss this lesson on mindsets. It includes a video, questions for discussion, and a brief assessment to check your understanding. 
Brain Growth, Mindset, and Learning - 4 min.: A quick conversation contemplating and discussing the basic concepts of brain growth, mindset, and learning.

Readings

Mindsets—What Are They?: A website dedicated to the mindsets with several resources and articles.
How Can Teachers Develop Students’ Motivation and Success?: An Education World interview with Carol Dweck, PhD.
The Praise a Child Should Never Hear: The Informed Reader blog discussing how praise affects children.
How Not to Talk to Your Kids: A New York Magazine feature article about the inverse power of praise. 

Discuss

For Teachers:

  1. How do you help your students value effort and challenge? 
  2. What kind of feedback do you typically give students? Does it promote a mastery-orientation (an orientation that values the learning process)?
  3. Describe how you will make it clear to students that performance reflects current skills and efforts, not intelligence or worth.
  4. What are three things you can say to have a student self-examine how much practice, repetition, or effort s/he has put into studies? 
  5. What are three things you can say rather than “You are smart”?
  6. What are three ways you can motivate a struggling student with a growth mindset perspective?

For School Leaders:

  1. What are three things you can say to have a student self-examine how much practice, repetition, or effort s/he has put into studies? 
  2. What are three things you can say rather than “You are smart” to communicate that a student has done well?
  3. What are three ways you can motivate a struggling student by using a growth mindset perspective?
  4. What school-wide practices do you already promote to help your students value effort and challenge? 
  5. What school-wide practices would you like to promote to help your students value effort and challenge?
  6. What do you need to do to make these desires a reality?