Series: Envision Education Deeper Learning

Carol Dweck on Performance Assessment
Lesson Objective: Carol Dweck, psychologist and growth mindset researcher, shares her insights on the approach of Envision Education
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Thought starters

  1. How does a growth mindset encourage motivation?
  2. What is the impact of communicating high expectations?
  3. How does using portfolio defenses as performance assessment encourage a growth mindset?
Motivating for the students to be that they are intelligent.
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I would recommend watching Dr. Dweck's video about Growth mindset and The Envision program to anyone that works with reluctant learners for any reason.
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Very informational and motivating video
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  • Carol Dweck on Performance Assessment Transcript

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    EnVisions Schools
    Expert commentary by:
    Carol Dweck

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    Carol Dweck on Performance Assessment Transcript

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    EnVisions Schools
    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: In my research we've discovered that some students have a fixed mindset. They believe their basic capacities are just these fixed traits. They have a certain amount of intelligence, a certain amount of talent and that's that. Other students disagree. They thing their intelligence, their abilities, their talents, can be developed through effort, good strategies and help from others. This creates a growth mindset. A growth mindset is really central in
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    motivation to learn. It orients kids toward learning and it allows them to keep their motivation when it's difficult, or when they're making mistakes. In EnVision, they're taking kids who had kind of minimal academic training, minimal aspirations for what they could do in life and they're getting them to do these projects that take a tremendous amount of self-
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    discipline, and they need to defend it in this rigorous way. They need to reach incredibly high standards. Research has shown, research by my colleague Jeff Cohen, that that is a winning combination: setting very high standards but assuring students that you've done that because you know they can reach them. It's
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    extremely motivating, and also, to help these kids understand that it's not other people who are born smart. It's you who can join them. It's you, who through this learning, can become smarter and smarter over time, to take your place in a world that's making these contributions. As we saw with EnVision, the ownership is a really crucial factor. Often, kids are
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    asked to learn something in school. They don't see the reason, they don't see the purpose. It's not something they find enjoyable. But if it's their project, they've chosen it, they've committed to it, and they've developed it over a long period of time, it's unique. It's not like anyone else's. That's, I think, a perfect vehicle for seeing how your skills develop over
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    time, how your expertise develops over time, through persistent learning. My colleagues and I have identified the factors that can address the doubts and fears of students who have not come from advantaged backgrounds. So it's a growth mindset about your intelligence, the fact that it's not something you're born with; it's something you can create. It's
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    creating, second, a sense of purpose, the idea that you're doing school so you can make a contribution to your family and the world. That it has inherent value for that is very, very motivating. The fact that you belong, that school is a place that you belong, it's not for
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    some other kind of person, it's for you, and that maybe you didn't recognize this right away, but you recognize it over time. And the fact that we set very, very high standards, but we will take you there. It's a journey that we're taking together.
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