- A growth mindset is empowering: having a fixed mindset is very limiting and does not allow for someone to improve themselves.
- Learn what triggers your fixed mindset: even people with growth mindset haveset backsand feel like they can’t do something.
- Value progress, not perfection: telling someone that they are smart isn’t the best way to encourage them. Tell someone that they worked hard to get something done is a much better way to encourage them.
- Be willing to work hard: doing something worthwhile is not going to be easy. It takes a lot of hard work and fortitude to get what you want.
- View failures or setbacks as learning opportunities: ask yourself, what can I learn from this. Mistakes are great learning opportunities.
Dweck, C. (2015, September 22). Carol Dweck revisits the ‘growth mindset’. Education Week. Retrieved from http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2015/09/23/carol-dweck-revisits-the-growth-mindset.html?cmp=eml-eb-pop112715.
Carol Dweck provides her reflection on the Growth Mindset and what we, as educators, need to do to follow the growth mindset journey and adopt a “deeper, true growth mindset.” She explains that in order to do this we need to accept our fixed-mindset and carefully watch for “our fixed-mindset triggers” when we face challenges or feel incompetent as teachers. In addition, she gives the following statements to use when encouraging students:
- “When you learn how to do a new kind of problem it grows your math brain!”
- “If you catch yourself saying, ‘I’m not a math person.’ just add the word ‘yet’ to the end of the sentence.”
- “That feeling of math being hard is the feeling of your brain growing”
- “The point isn’t to get it all right away. The point is to grow your understanding step by step. What can you try next?”
Ruth Mitchell ET-Growth Mindset S. Khan. (2014, August 19). The learning myth: Why I’ll never tell my son he’s smart [Web log comment]. Retrieved from The Learning Myth Why I’ll Never Tell My Son He’s Smart
This blog post was written by Salman Khan – founder of Khan Academy. His blog post explains his journey with the “You can learn anything” movement and the growth mindset: We can all learn anything if we are willing to work at it. He discusses how this applies to how we communicate, work with others, and learn something new. Today, with access to the Internet and the variety of learning opportunities, we now have even more opportunities to learn and grow-no matter what age.