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It’s Ok to Fail and It’s Ok to Struggle: Growth vs Fixed Mindset

So what is growth mindset, and why is it important to you, as an educator–as a person? Growth mindset is having a main goal of learning and viewing effort as a way to grow your brain. (Like a muscle)

What is fixed mindset? It’s the belief that you’ll never be able to change the amount of intelligence you or another person has. Things that require effort are NOT what a person with a fixed mindset wants. When they meet a challenge, they run faster than I drive to Starbucks on a Monday morning!

Teaching students to have growth mindsets will help to prepare them for not only academic challenges but also life challenges. Changing to a growth mindset can be as simple as changing the words that you choose. For example instead of allowing a student to say, “I’m not good at math.” Have them say, “I can do things that are difficult” or “I’m going to try my best.”  Try it in your own life and see how things change. Currently I am trying to get over my “I have no rhythm.”  fixed mindset by going to Zumba twice a week and saying, “I enjoy dance fitness.” It’s a process…but I’m getting there!

For more info check out this short video.

Article by Sarah Stapleton, South Newton Elementary School Teacher

About Heather Mullins

Dr. Heather Mullins is the Chief Academic Officer in Newton-Conover City Schools. She is a North Carolina Teaching Fellow who spent 12 years as a high school English Teacher. She received her B.S.Ed. in Secondary English Education from Western Carolina University. Heather completed her National Board Certification in Adolescent Young Adult English Language Arts in 2002. She holds an M.Ed. in Academically and Intellectually Gifted from UNC-Charlotte. She completed her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership through Western Carolina University. Her dissertation focused on improving principal practice through strategic professional development. Heather has served as a Curriculum Specialist in Hickory City Schools, an adjunct professor at Lenoir-Rhyne University, and a Professional Development Consultant for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. Heather is one of the co-founders of #NCed Chat, North Carolina’s first Twitter chat for teachers. She is passionate about innovative practices, instructional technology, student ownership of learning, and supporting teachers. Heather serves on the advisory board for the North Carolina Digital Learning Plan, North Carolina School for the Deaf and Catawba Science Center. She is a recipient of the 2015 NCMLE Central Office Administrator to Watch Award. She also received the 2016 Don Chalker Award for Excellence in Educational Leadership. Heather is the proud mother of one son, Jackson.

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