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The Growth Mindset

Praising effort, promoting self-belief, and providing an environment that helps children tackle challenges with a positive outlook underpins effective teaching. In schools comprising classes with children of mixed levels of ability, from a range of socio-economic backgrounds, and with varying degrees of support from home, knowing how best to support each child in developing or reinforcing a growth mindset can be a challenge.

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What is a growth mindset?

Carol Dweck, world-renowned Stanford University psychologist, first published her influential research on Mindsets in 2006. In it, she suggests that success is not dependent on natural talent, but relies on an individual’s mindset: A child who believes that intelligence can be developed, and is not an innate ability, is more likely to be motivated, interested in learning, and willing to embrace challenges, even when confronting failure. Teachers and educational psychologists are turning to Dweck’s findings to develop in their students, perseverance, enthusiasm, and the inspiring realization that ability really does grow with effort.

Key Strategies

  • Language: Children experience the world and understand themselves through the language they are exposed to at home, in school and among their peers. Understanding the messages conveyed when using certain phrases in the classroom is key to unlocking the potential for language to help develop growth mindsets.

  • Praise: Praise gives children confidence and reinforce their self-belief but can it be dangerous too? Dweck argues that praise should be used to encourage children to learn, but it should be used wisely. Praising effort rather than praising a child for getting the right answer will help engender a growth mindset.

  • Mistakes grow your brain: Taking the fear factor out of making mistakes is vital for encouraging children to attempt challenges. Science has revealed that even when making mistakes, your brain fires synapses that help you become smarter. The more mistakes you make, the more you learn.

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Our education specialists teamed up with international spokesman, Dan Haesler, to explore the studies of Professor Carol Dweck from Stanford University on the impact of a growth mindset on student learning outcomes.

This FREE eBook explores Professor Dweck’s growth mindset research and offers practical instructional strategies on how to encourage a growth mindset in the classroom. Enjoy!

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