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How can we support children in developing a Growth Mindset?
Carol Dweck is one of the world's leading researchers in the field of motivation. She focuses on why people succeed and how to foster this idea of success in schools. In her research on motivation and success [achievement] Dweck introduced the idea of Mindset. Mindsets are beliefs about yourself and your abilities [talents] as well as your personality.
People with Fixed Mindsets believe that their traits are just given, so people of that mindset worry whether they are adequate or inadequate. They believe that talent alone creates success - without effort and they are reluctant to take on challenges.
On the other hand, people with a Growth Mindset, see their traits as just a starting point and that these can be developed by hard work, effort, dedication and challenge.
"Praise is Powerful"
When we encourage a Growth Mindset in children, they become enthusiastic learners. They believe that their intelligence can be developed, which has a positive effect on their learning.
For example, Fixed Mindset pupils will opt for the easier work so that when they achieve the outcome it will reaffirm their belief that they are good at the task.
Whereas Growth Mindset pupils will choose more challenging work. Effort is their experience and the joy of learning how to do something for the first time becomes a driven force.
The Growth Mindset teacher would say to their pupils - "I am not interested in judging how good your work is, I am interested in the quality of your learning."
Some famous Growth Mindset quotes:
"Important achievements require a clear focus, all-out effort, and a bottomless trunk full of strategies."
"Great works are performed, not by strength, but by perseverance."
"It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed."
So go on... Go for it, take on a new challenge today!