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Growth Mindset: What is it?
Growth Mindset is a huge part of education right now. Sometimes, we see things like this, and it’s easy to think it must just be a fad. So, what is it? And should we make an effort to have it be a part of our room?
What is it?
Growth Mindset is a term coined by Dr. Carol Dweck. She was studying students and their reactions to failure. Some students would be destroyed by failure, unable to see beyond the failure and to the future. Others were able to see failure as a stepping stone to future success. Dr. Dweck uses the term Growth Mindset to describe the later group. These students believe that the time and effort they put into their work will make them stronger, and this mindset ultimately leads to growth.
This is not just a fancy fad that we are using to make our students feel good. Instead, it has been proved by research that we can change a person’s mindset from fixed to growth, and this change leads to an increase in motivation and achievement.
How do we encourage a Growth Mindset?
As teachers, we encourage a Growth Mindset by having a Growth Mindset and using it to guide our praise and feedback. A huge part of this is working to change the way our students speak about failure. Instead of saying, “I can’t do this,” we can teach our students to say, “I can’t do this yet.” We must encourage this through written and oral feedback. The best time to correct a fixed mindset is immediately and with kindness. Give your students grace to fail and grow, and they will learn to mirror that grace for themselves and their classmates.
Growth Mindset Posters
In my room, I will display these posters with examples of how I want my students to speak to themselves and others. This gives me something to refer them to as well as providing them with a constant reinforcement. You can view my posters below and find them in my Teachers Pay Teachers Store.