Series: Expeditionary Learning Deeper Learning

Carol Dweck on Struggle
Lesson Objective: Carol Dweck, psychologist and growth mindset researcher, shares her insights on the approach of Expeditionary Learning
All Grades / All Subjects / Mindset

Thought starters

  1. How can a growth mindset be taught?
  2. How does embracing struggle fit with a growth mindset?
  3. How can a growth mindset build confidence?
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A growth mindset is taught by allowing students to interact with one another and share ideas and skills. Students learn that mistakes are part of the process and not a consequence.
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A growth mindset is taught by allowing the students to think out the Box. You have to let the students to get out of their comfort zone
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There are few researchers whose work has been more impactful than Dr. Dweck's. She has helped me find the language to be a better parent and teacher
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Unfortunately, I have to greet with Joanne's comment made on June 14, 2014. And I would have to say that often times at least the district that I work for, growth mind set is often being stifled even for the teachers and not just the students because of mandatory district programs that are not only difficult to use but also extremely boring. Somehow in our school , we have to inspire ourselves, take over what we feel is best and fun and innovating for students and somehow inspire our students. Taking over would mean ignoring mandatory district programs and making our program superior to the mandatory district programs.
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Is it possible to download this for a presentation?
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Transcripts

  • Carol Dweck on Struggle Transcript

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    Card:
    Expeditionary
    Learning
    Expert commentary by:
    Carol Dweck

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    Carol Dweck on Struggle Transcript

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    Card:
    Expeditionary
    Learning
    Expert commentary by:
    Carol Dweck

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    Carol Dweck: I'm Carol Dweck. I'm a professor of psychology at Stanford University.

    Lower Third:
    Carol Dweck
    Professor of Psychology, Stanford University
    Author, "Mindset"

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    Carol Dweck: The growth mindset really converges with deeper learning. We have shown in our research that when students have a growth mindset, first of all, they are oriented toward learning. A growth mindset can be taught directly. We have studies where we've taught kids a growth mindset by teaching them that every time they push out of their comfort zone to learn hard new things, their brains form new connections. The neurons in their brains form new connections and over time, they get smarter.

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    Carol Dweck: We show them how to apply that to their schoolwork, and in study after study, we've seen that the kids who learn this growth mindset earn higher grades than a control group. Expeditionary learning really incorporates a lot of my research. Even their motto, "Work hard, get smart, be nice." Work hard and get smart, that is a growth mindset. You're getting smarter through your work.

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    Carol Dweck: There is so much emphasis on the good struggle, the big challenge, kids getting smarter by taking on things maybe they didn't even know they could master and then mastering them. I saw that students were proud of struggling with big, messy problems that they extracted meaning and solutions from, over long periods of time.

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    Carol Dweck: In a fixed mindset, a mistake means, "Forget it. You're no good at this." It measures you. It says you're dumb. But in a growth mindset, that's a natural part of learning. Kids are interested in the mistakes, they're motivated by the mistakes. That's deeper learning. I love the student who was graduating, doing the speech. He said, "I am saying hello to the rest of my life, to my new life, based on what I learned here." He felt so empowered to go out
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    there, but he knew that with this love of challenge, this taking on of difficult tasks and the tools he had learned to see that through with, that he could do well in any new setting. Every year, they are getting 100 percent of their students into college, so their approach is working. It's working to give kids a sense of purpose, a sense that they can contribute to
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    society, and a sense that they have what it takes to meet a difficult and uncertain future, because they've done it over and over and over in that school.
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