Engagement Strategies and Resources
Do you have a fixed or growth mindset? A fixed mindset says intelligence and talent are fixed traits; a growth mindset says intelligence and talent can grow through perseverance and hard work. One of the best gifts we can give our students is our belief that they can grow and improve. Praise their dedication and effort, not their talent and intelligence.
“Like my sixth-grade teacher, Mrs. Wilson, these teachers preached and practiced the fixed mindset. In their classrooms, the students who started the year in the high-ability group ended the year there, and those who started the year in the low-ability group ended the year there. But some teachers preached and practiced a growth mindset. They focused on the idea that all children could develop their skills, and in their classrooms a weird thing happened. It didn’t matter whether students started the year in the high- or the low-ability group. Both groups ended the year way up high. It’s a powerful experience to see these findings.”
~ Carol S. Dweck, Mindset: How You Can Fulfil Your Potential