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What are your favorite resources and tips for helping students develop a growth mindset?

May 8, 2017 6:56pm

Let's share tips and resources for helping students (and teachers!) develop a growth mindset. What have you tried that worked for you? What might you try next year in your class?

  • Arts / English Language Arts / Foreign Language / Math / Physical Education / Science / Social Studies / Technology / Other
  • Pre K-12
  • Assessment / Behavior / Class Culture / Engagement

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    • May 13, 2017 1:54pm

      The most powerful word in promoting a growth mindset in teachers and children is the word YET. "I haven't learned how to guide meaningful math discussions...YET!" "I want to see what you know and can do already, and what you haven't learned YET, so we can work on that together."

      I also think that undoing the notion that you want things to be "easy" helps. Talking about challenges as exciting and worth doing can build a climate of growth and support.

      • May 15, 2017 10:05am

        Here are a few of my favorite resources. For parents and teachers, read How Praise Became a Consolation Prize. https://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2016/12/how-praise-became-a-consolation-prize/510845/

        For teachers and students, Trevor Ragan has great resources at trainugly.com including an assessment you can use for pre and post testing your students' mindset. Also read Mistakes Are Not All Created Equal at
        http://blog.mindsetworks.com/blog-page/home-blogs/entry/mistakes-are-not-all-created-equal

        For motivational videos to show students how people with the right mindset can overcome failure and setbacks to achieve great things, watch Inky Johnson at
        https://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2016/12/how-praise-became-a-consolation-prize/510845/
        (watch Part 2 also, it's even better) or search youtube for Barbara Corcoran's Life story.

        One of my favorite activities with students and staff is to create a value line in the classroom with Growth Mindset on one end and Fixed Mindset on the other end. Then give students different scenarios (i.e. dancing in front of your class, learning a new math concept, giving a speech, ....) and ask them to stand on the number line where they believe they fall for each scenario. It helps students understand that their mindsets fall on a continuum and will change, based on the task they're facing. It works great for starting large group/small group discussion and for getting them to think about how they can change their mindset in different situations.