10 ways to build a growth mindset in your classroom

Encouraging a growth mindset can make a powerful impact on learning. So what exactly does having a growth mindset mean and how can we build it in our classroom? Here are lots of ideas.

The term “growth mindset” was coined by Carol Dweck over 30 years ago to describe the beliefs that people have about intelligence and learning. She describes a “fixed mindset” as one that believes the intelligence is fixed and can’t be changed. Those who have a growth mindset, however, believe that they can get smarter and will continue to keep trying even after failure.

The video below, courtesy of John Spencer, does a great job of illustrating the difference between a fixed and growth mindset.

During a recent #Ditchbook chat, moderated by Sean Fahey, educators shared their thoughts about growth mindset including ideas for including parents and how it affects class assessments and report cards.

Scroll down or click here for 10 ways to build a growth mindset in your classroom from the #Ditchbook community. And you can check out this Wakelet collection to see even MORE ideas from the chat. Also, be sure to visit our Growth Mindset Pinterest page filled with ideas from the #Ditchbook community.

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10 ways to build a growth mindset in your classroom

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