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Why the Growth Mindset?
When students and educators have a growth mindset, they understand that intelligence can be developed. Students focus on improvement instead of worrying about how smart they are. They work hard to learn more and get smarter. Based on years of research by Stanford University’s Dr. Dweck, Lisa Blackwell Ph.D., and their colleagues, we know that students who learn this mindset show greater motivation in school, better grades, and higher test scores.
What does a Growth Mindset School look like?
Administrators support teachers’ learning. They are responsive to honest feedback, rather than defensive. They seek to build their skills, and are willing to learn from their teachers.
Teachers collaborate with their colleagues and instructional leaders, rather than shut their classroom doors and fly solo. They strive to strengthen their own practice, rather than blame others. They truly believe that all students can learn and succeed—and show it.
Parents support their children’s learning both inside and outside the classroom. They partner with teachers, and respond to outreach. They worry less about advocating for their children to get good grades and focus on making sure kids are being challenged and put in the effort needed to grow.
Students are enthusiastic, hard-working, persistent learners. They take charge over their own success.
Parents—What Can We Do?
Developing a growth mindset in yourself and in your kids is a process that takes time...so have a growth mindset about developing a growth mindset!
1. Recognize your own mindset
Be mindful of your own thinking and of the messages you send with your words and actions.
2. Be a Conscious Role Model
Make mistakes in front of your kids.Have a positive reaction to those mistakes. Openly reflect on what could be learned from the mistake. Show that it's all about learning, not about being right.
3. Praise the Process
Praising kids for being smart suggests that innate talent is the reason for success, while focusing on the process helps them see how their effort leads to success.
4. Model Learning From Failure
When parents talk positively about making mistakes, kids start to think of mistakes as a natural part of the learning process.
Read the full article from MindsetWorks.com here.
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