Did you know the brain can change as can intelligence?
- Why brains and talent don’t bring success
- How they can stand in the way of it
- Why praising brains and talent doesn’t foster self-esteem and accomplishment, but jeopardizes them
- How teaching a simple idea about the brain raises grades and productivity
In one study, Blackwell and her colleagues followed hundreds of students making the transition to 7th grade. They found that students with a growth mindset were more motivated to learn and exert effort, and outperformed those with a fixed mindset in math—a gap that continued to increase over the two-year period. Those with the two mindsets had entered 7th grade with similar past achievement, but because of their mindsets their math grades pulled apart during this challenging time. (Blackwell, L.S., Trzesniewski, K.H., & Dweck, C.S. (2007).
So what can we do as educators?
1. Do you have a growth mindset?
We all know the importance of modelling in the classroom. Take this quick TEST to see if you have a fixed or a growth mindset.
2. Know the difference between a growth and fixed mindset
In this short video you are able to get a good grasp on the difference between a growth and fixed mindset. It is great for staff meetings and for students as well.
3. Put up posters to stimulate reflection
Be sure to build positive conversations in your classroom by providing feedback that promotes a growth mindset. Having posters around the classroom are a great way to stimulate reflections after activities. Google images has some great ones or you can check out this good poster.
4. Better understand the brain
This is a great short video to show students about how new research is showing the brain to be plastic and malleable. This means learning is not fixed but we are constantly growing new brain cells.
5. Do a FREE online course
As teachers it is important we are always learning as well. Learning new skills is not meant to add to your workload but make life easier. You see, when students feel better about themselves, they generally behave better, learn more and take the pressure off you. Check out how in this free online learning module from James Anderson (Habits of Mind)
6. Embrace a whole school approach
We all know using a whole school approach is better where all people in the school community can benefit. If you are looking for ways to implement a growth mindset across the whole school, here is a resource you could purchase from Mindset Works
Enjoy the journey…. As I say to all the schools I work with, it doesn’t really matter where you start, JUST START.
Lecturer and Leadership Coach