Growth Mindset Part 2

Your role as a teacher

Growth mindsets are important for students (for more information on growth mindsets for students, see  this blog post), but just as important is your understanding of your own mindset as their teacher.

Good intentions can backfire

We know teacher interactions with students are important. You want to have a positive impact on students’ lives – that’s why you’re a teacher. Continue reading “Growth Mindset Part 2”

Growth Mindset changed my classes

Teaching growth mindset can change the culture of a class.

 

Last year, I was part of a team of teachers who decided to spend a week of our homeroom/advisory time teaching sixth graders about growth mindset. Our decision to teach about mindsets was made toward the end of the school year in an effort to respond to some of the negative fixed mindsets we were noticing. While I would recommend starting the year with an introduction to growth mindset with follow up throughout the year, even starting it three-quarters of the way through, we saw positive changes! All of the students in the sixth grade received the same message about challenging themselves and being more aware of their learning. If a task was particularly easy for a student, others in the class would remind them to challenge themselves. It was the beginning of a change in culture.

What is Growth Mindset?

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