Some of us learn best when someone actually talks to us, and this video is perfect for that. The narrator breaks down the ideas behind growth and fixed mindsets (while providing helpful charts), and the relationship between student mindset and student learning success. This video would also be perfect for presenting the ideas to other teachers or sparking discussion with colleagues.
One of the benefits of a growth mindset is that it leads to greater persistence, as students see themselves as capable of improving upon what they know and are able to do. But actually helping students to develop persistence is no easy task. This article offers practical ideas, collected from teachers themselves, that can get you started.
Praise can be a powerful motivator for students, but only if it's the right kind of praise, delivered in the right way. This research-based article explains the elements of effective praise for motivation, and gives examples of how praising growth-mindset behaviors in students generates even better learning.
Another characteristic of the growth mindset is that it allows students to be flexible in their learning. This brief list provides the benefits of cognitive flexibility, as well as several strategies for helping students to develop it.
Our means of student assessment communicate to students what we value most in our classroom, so it is important that we consider the types of assessment that fit in with a growth mindset. This article on authentic assessments points out that the learning process is just as important as the finished product, and that fits perfectly with a growth mindset.
This article is a summary of a book on offer about the very subject we are examining, but is powerful in getting us started thinking about how we view growth and learning. In addition to an excellent explanation of the two contrasting mindsets, it offers a helpful infographic to visually represent the differences.
As teachers, we know that praise is an important aspect of encouraging students. However, one of the ways that we as teachers reinforce either a fixed or growth mindset is through the types of praise we offer our students. In this Educational Leadership article, the author offers advice on the types of praise that motivate students to learn.
BloomBoard Asks:Do your students believe that they are limited by their intelligence, personality or moral character? Or do they see their current traits as merely a starting point from which they can cultivate growth?