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!
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Article by Sarah Stapleton, South Newton Elementary School Teacher