Embracing challenges vs. avoiding them; expending effort vs. settling into complacency; learning from vs. avoiding feedback. These contrary actions describe the differences between Growth and Fixed Mindset. Growth Mindset is becoming a popular initiative of teachers and teacher leaders around the United States and the United Kingdom. If you’ve not read Mindset by Carol Dweck, I highly recommend it. A quick read, it’s impactful on many levels–as an educator, partner, parent, coach, and the like. The book, accompanied by an Educational Psychology class I took almost two years ago that discussed the Power of Yet and How We Learn, has my mind spinning about how we can help our students succeed. First, we need to believe our students can succeed. And second, our students need to believe they can succeed.
There are many resources I’ve looked at over the last year or two that have continued to give me insight into the importance of growth mindset. The following are three of the resources that I find exceptionally valuable:
- Jo Boaler’s YouCubed website is the first. She has short video snippets that can be shown to students to help explain how their brains learn, why mistakes help fire the synapses in the brain, and the plasticity potential of the brain. Her website also include tasks, research, and a Mooc for students with 6 sessions on How to Learn Math.
2. Marissa of La Vie Mathematique shows a video (see example below) from her Mindset Moment List once or twice a month as a warm-up to spark conversations about having a Growth Mindset. She sees value in connecting traits like perseverance, effort, and educational risk-taking to all students, regardless of content area.
3. Mike Mann from Dexter McCarty shared an extensive list of resources on a google doc last year. In it, are articles and videos lending themselves to close reading/viewing techniques, as well as graphics to post in your room.
I would love to hear what are you doing in your classroom to help develop a growth mindset in your students.