Growth Mindset

 Growth Mindset

You may have seen the phrase ‘Growth Mindset’ online or in print. Growth Mindset is an approach to school and lifelong learning and will be a big part of our classroom year – and may help guide your child’s future successes.

Developmental psychologist Dr. Carol Dweck of Stanford University stated that people have one of two mindsets: Growth and Fixed.

"In a fixed mindset students believe their basic abilities, their intelligence, their talents, are just fixed traits. They have a certain amount and that's that, and then their goal becomes to look smart all the time and never look dumb. In a growth mindset students understand that their talents and abilities can be developed through effort, good teaching and persistence. They don't necessarily think everyone's the same or anyone can be Einstein, but they believe everyone can get smarter if they work at it.”

-Dr. Carol Dweck

People with a Growth Mindset enjoy trying new things and taking risks. They learn from their mistakes and use failures as opportunities to improve. People with a Fixed Mindset are not willing to try new things or take risks. They may fear making mistakes or may fear failures and avoid taking on tasks that are challenging.

In class, I will teach students about what it means to have a Growth Mindset versus a Fixed Mindset. I will also guide students to learn from their mistakes and understand that failure can help them learn. We will talk about famous people who overcame their failures and set goals for their learning.

More will be discussed about Growth Mindset during Back to School Night. I will share ways that you can support Growth Mindset with your child at home.