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Growth Mindset in a Data-Driven Culture

A growth mindset is critical in establishing a data-driven culture. Often data surfaces realities that are uncomfortable. Students might not be achieving after long months of teacher and student effort. Teachers who feel powerful due to their positive, productive classroom culture might not see data results. Students often arrive far behind grade-level in their skills and knowledge. Teachers who see the expected level of rigor and who become aware of how students align (or don’t) to these high standards may look at the gap and see a chasm – leading some educators to blame students, the system, the test, or be self-critical in unproductive ways. This ailment is a huge obstacle in a data-driven culture. 

A growth mindset is the antidote. An educator with a growth mindset looks at the struggles of their students as a surgeon would with a patient. What is the diagnosis? What is the best route of action? How should she follow-up? 

The most powerful word in the arsenal of growth mindset educator is the word “yet”: “My students cannot organize a paragraph…yet.” 

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A growth mindset is critical in establishing a data-driven culture. Often data surfaces realities that are uncomfortable. Students might not be achieving after long months of teacher and student effort. Teachers who feel powerful due to their positive, productive classroom culture might not see data results. Students often arrive far behind grade-level in their skills and knowledge. Teachers who see the expected level of rigor and who become aware of how students align (or don’t) to these high standards may look at the gap and see a chasm – leading some educators to blame students, the system, the test, or be self-critical in unproductive ways. This ailment is a huge obstacle in a data-driven culture. 

A growth mindset is the antidote. An educator with a growth mindset looks at the struggles of their students as a surgeon would with a patient. What is the diagnosis? What is the best route of action? How should she follow-up? 

The most powerful word in the arsenal of growth mindset educator is the word “yet”: “My students cannot organize a paragraph…yet.” 

Download this document to continue reading.

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