Most importantly, talk about mindset in your class. And if you don't know enough about it, read, watch videos and research. Look for information from Carol Dweck and Jo Boaler.
After my students take the quiz below, we watched some informational videos about the basics of growth and fixed mindset so that they could be sure to tell the difference between them. Then we discussed how they thought mindset affected them as a student and as a person - past and present!
I also shared research with students that showed the differences in achievement between students who learn about growth mindset, and those that do not, as well as those that have a growth mindset and those that have a fixed mindset. It was important for me to share some of my own examples in life, and school where I had a fixed mindset, and how I could have, or did, work toward a growth mindset. It's important to continue to model this language and this mindset.
If you've ever heard, or said, "Well I'm just not good at ____" then you my friend are currently in a fixed mindset about that. But that's okay, because now that you know what a growth mindset is, you know that research shows:
- You CAN grow!
- You CAN improve!
- EVERYONE can grow their intelligence!