Intro to Growth Mindset

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What is Mindset?

Carol Dweck, world-renowned Stanford University psychologist, conducted decades of research on student motivation and achievement.  Through her work she discovered there are two mindsets, or beliefs, that individuals hold about their intelligence, abilities, and talents that greatly impacts their motivation, achievement, and success: fixed and growth.


Why is it important?

Research shows that people with a growth mindset reach higher levels of success than people with a fixed mindset.  Teaching a growth mindset creates motivation and productivity in the worlds of business, education, and sports. It also enhances relationships and increases achievement.


How do you support a growth mindset?


The most important thing you can do to cultivate a growth mindset is praise your child for effort rather than talent. Messages like “You learned that so quickly” and “You’re so smart!” teach children that effort is a sign of weakness. On the other hand, messages such as “I like the way you approached that problem,” or “that seemed too easy for you, let’s do something more challenging”, teaches children that effort and hard work allow them to reach their full potential and grow.


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School Readiness and Mindsets

Nurturing a Growth Mindset in Early Learners Across the Developmental Continuum Leads to School Readiness Part I and Part II

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