Mindsets and Beliefs
Growth vs. Fixed Mindset If you are unfamiliar with the concept, take a moment to watch the Fixed Mindset Vs. Growth Mindset video Now that we have your attention and you are curious about the growth mindset. Read Annely Clarke’s short article Growth Mindset that compares fixed and growth mindsets. It is particularly interesting because it provides strategies to help develop a growth mindset. Every so often a truly groundbreaking idea comes along. Growth mindset is one of them. Growth mindset explains Why brains and talent do not bring success. How they can stand in the way of it. Why praising brains and talent does not foster self-esteem and accomplishment but jeopardizes them. How teaching a simple idea about the brain raises grades and productivity. What all great CEOs, parents, teachers, athletes know. Mindset is a simple idea discovered by world-renowned Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck in decades of research on achievement and success it is a simple idea that makes all the difference. In a fixed mindset, people believe their basic qualities, like their intelligence or talent, are simply fixed traits. They spend their time documenting their intelligence or talent instead of developing them. They also believe that talent alone creates success… without effort. They are wrong! 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. This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for any great accomplishment. Virtually all of the individuals throughout history who have impacted the world on any level (e.g., Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr, Mother Theresa, Nelson Mandela, Abraham Lincoln, etc.) have operated in a growth mindset. Fixed mindset vs Growth mindset video Growth Mindset article http://infinitycs.org.au/2019/06/11/growth-mindset/ Task This week your task is to consider what you have learned about the influence of growth mindsets on both students and educators and think about how you will show your students that you believe in them as you create the culture and climate in your own classroom. Prior to participating in this discussion form, take a moment to reflect on the resources you reviewed in this week’s instructor guidance from the vantage point of the career in education that you wish to pursue then craft a stimulating question around the influence of mindset on students and educators or the impact of an educator’s belief in self or others.

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