Fixed vs Growth Mindset

This article came through my email recently and is a concise introduction to Mindset (if you are not already familiar with the concept). The article is attached to the organizations math program, so there is some information about that, as well, but I am sharing it with you for the sake of understanding Mindset, not for promoting their program.

It begins:


Growth Mindset Can Change Education

Growth mindset is a term we hear a lot, but what does it actually mean?

Psychologist and Stanford University researcher Carol Dweck, has shared that students who have adopted a growth mindset believe that hard work, perseverance, and learning from mistakes give them the ability to learn and continually develop their knowledge and skills. Students with fixed mindsets believe that learning is based on the intelligence that they already possess and that intelligence is unchangeable.

Imagine what this looks like in classrooms all across the country. A fourth-grade student with a fixed mindset approaches mathematics very differently than one with a growth mindset. The student with a fixed mindset searches for confirmation of their beliefs in their own intelligence. This comes from correct answers in class, good grades on assignments, and positive affirmations about their intelligence (eg., You are so smart! Good job as always!) from the adults in their life.

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