Give your students a better shot at success.
I don’t think it is possible to be a teacher and not have heard about Growth Mindset. However, if for some reason you haven’t, the concept of a growth mindset was pioneered by Carol Dweck. To explain in simply, our mindsets are beliefs about our most basic qualities and how we perceive our ability to do or accomplish things. When it comes to learning, a mindset can be classified as a fixed mindset or growth mindset. If you have a fixed mindset you believe that intelligence is innate and can’t be altered or changed. If you have a growth mindset you believe that intelligence is more like a muscle and can be developed, trained, and strengthened.
It’s easy to see that a growth mindset is what should be fostered in students in order for them to succeed, but it’s just as important that educators are subscribing to the belief as well. Here are a few simple ways that you can make sure that you are fostering a growth mindset in your classroom and giving your students a better shot at success.
The first key to establishing a growth mindset in your classroom is believing in it yourself. I always introduce growth mindset the very first day of school and explain why it is so important. I tell a story about my own life and how having a growth mindset helped me overcome obstacles. Then I start by asking students what they think it means to have a growth mindset and we work on a sorting game
as a class. We try to figure out without much prior knowledge where each phrase should go and discover what it means to have a growth mindset together. The students always have truly meaningful discussions and as the game comes to an end there is always an overwhelming feeling of positivity and determination that comes over the class.