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1 Growth Mindset vs. Fixed Mindset
In a growth mindset, people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work – brains and talent are just the starting point. In a fixed mindset, people believe their basic qualities, like their intelligence or talent, are simply fixed traits. Their energy is spent reinforcing their fixed opinion of themselves rather than growth.

2 Common misconception:
Growth mindset vs. Fixed mindset is NOT a positive attitude vs. a negative attitude.

3 Carol Dweck Dr. Carol Dweck is a professor at Standford University. Her book, Mindset, is a compilation of 20+ years of research in the area of success and motivation. Click here to purchase on Amazon.

4 Carol Dweck: The Effect of Praise

5 How does this impact the classroom?
As we just saw, specific praise and feedback on effort will foster a growth mindset. Fostering a growth mindset will increase student achievement. Click here to watch a TED talk on the power of mindset. Teachers with a growth mindset tend to have higher achieving students. Click here to see the research. Making mistakes triggers a physical reaction in your brain that enables growth. Khan Academy has created an interested video on this.

6 6th Grade Mini Unit What we did in our classrooms:
Students tested their mindsets. Defined fixed and growth mindsets. Gave scenarios for students to practice identifying fixed and growth mindset thoughts. Created a poster comparing growth and fixed ideas. Practiced having a growth mindset while playing challenging Minute to Win It games.

7 Start small. We challenge you to reflect on your own mindsets and how that mindset influences our teaching and interaction with students.

8 Interested in learning more?
The ESDC offers two courses on mindset. See My Learning Plan for more information. Check out Carol Dweck’s book from the ESDC library.

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