Growth Mindset is a Process
Did you know that when it comes to mindset it is not an either or? No one has a growth mindset 100% of the time. For example, there may be a student in your class who finds it easy to have a growth mindset during math, however, once it is time for reading, his mindset shifts.
We all have areas of our learning that we view with a fixed mindset. The goal is to be able to recognize those areas where we default to a fixed mindset, and set goals for growth. This is what we want for our students and ourselves as teachers!
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In order to reach the next level on their growth mindset journey, students need to understand that learning is a process. Everything we learn builds on itself. Students have to learn how to count before they can add. They have to learn how to add before they can multiply. This is no different when it comes to developing a growth mindset.
Teaching students how to recognize what mindset they are in and how to shift mindsets when needed is an important skill. However, before they can do this, students must first be able to identify which areas of their learning they currently view with a fixed mindset.
In order to help students identify these areas of fixed mindset, we have created a growth mindset vs. fixed mindset quiz. In addition to the quiz are resources to help students recognize that learning and developing a growth mindset is a process. View the resources HERE.
Once students have identified the areas of fixed mindset in their learning, it is time to set goals for improvement.
Goal setting is the process of creating clear steps, or objectives, that need to be met in order for learning to occur. In order for goal setting to lead to increased performance, the student must be involved in the creation of the goal. According to research, students who set their own goals perform at a higher level and are more intrinsically motivated than students who have goals set for them.
Nevertheless, simply setting goals does not automatically lead to increased achievement. In order for a goal to be effective, it must be a quality goal. One specific strategy to teach students to write quality goals is SMART goals. SMART stands for specific, measurable, actionable, realistic, and timely. Research has shown that these are the factors that attribute to a quality goal.
We have simplified the process of setting SMART goals with your students with our growth mindset SMART goals flip book. View the resource HERE.
Developing a growth mindset is a process. It takes time, effort, and being intentional. While it may seem like a time consuming process, research has proven the many benefits of growth mindset training in classrooms. While the process may not be easy, it is definitely worth it for our students!
To help teachers implement growth mindset in their classrooms in a fun and hands-on way, we have created monthly growth mindset lessons integrating STEM learning. View the resources HERE.