Growth Mindset

A major focus of our classroom and all of Margaret Brent will be Growth Mindset. The concept of Mindset was researched and explained by Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck. 

fixed mindset is defined by believing that basic qualities, like their intelligence or talent, are traits that cannot be changed. People with a fixed mindset spend their time documenting their intelligence or talent instead of developing them. In their minds, talent creates success—without effort. Statements like "I am not good at math" or "I'm not an artistic person" are fixed mindset statements.

A growth mindset promotes that most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work—brains and talent are just beginning. Developing a growth mindsets leads to a love of learning and a resilience that is critical for great accomplishments and long lasting achievements. People with growth mindsets would say statements like "Math is challenging to me, but I will work to get better."

 I have personally used growth mindset strategies in my classroom and saw amazing results in my students. Students who were "not math people" became some of my highest achieving students. Below you will find a videos we use to promote growth mindset and statements to help reinforcement growth mindset at home. Consistently using the phrases below instead of statements such as "You're so smart!" or "I was never good at math either" will help develop a common language between home and school and will aid students in fully embracing and appreciating growth mindset. 

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