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“The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing.” John Powell

At the heart of what makes the “growth mindset” so winsome, Dweck found, is that it creates a passion for learning rather than a hunger for approval.

In the fixed mindset, imperfections are shameful — especially if you’re talented — so they lied them away. What’s so alarming is that we took ordinary children and made them into liars, simply by telling them they were smart.

This is why instilling admiration for hard work rather than raw talent is the key to fostering a well-adjusted mind. 1/BREAKING: 'Growth Mindset' is a fad. Or so. Mindsets vs Metacognition. Two EEF reports and a clear conclusion. At ResearchEd in Cape Town I presented a workshop exploring two relatively recent reports from the Education Endowment Foundation – the 2018 guidance report Metacognition and Self-regulated Learning, and the 2019 report Changing Mindsets: Effectiveness Trial.

Mindsets vs Metacognition. Two EEF reports and a clear conclusion.

Simple Exercise: Help Students Analyze Their Growth Over Time. Students rarely recognize how much progress they are making over the course of a semester or school year.

Simple Exercise: Help Students Analyze Their Growth Over Time

Their school days tend to be a blur of information, assignments, and activities. However, if students do not appreciate their growth over time, it may be harder to understand the value of the work they are doing or stay motivated. I encourage teachers to dedicate class time to an exercise that requires students to compare two pieces of work from two different moments in time using the Google Document below. The Google Document guides students in selecting two pieces of work to analyze and reflect on.

The goal is to get students thinking about their skills and how they have changed or developed over time. When I have done this exercise in the past, many students exclaim, “Oh my gosh! I’ve found that this simple exercise helps students to recognize the value of the work we are doing. 11+ Mindset Activities and Tests Designed to Nurture Growth. How do you deal with failure?

11+ Mindset Activities and Tests Designed to Nurture Growth

Do you struggle with setbacks, or get upset about losing? With the right mindset, it may be possible to handle challenges better and pursue success without getting down on yourself. The power of believing that you can improve [ TED Talk : Carol Dweck ] Growth Mindset vs. Fixed + Key Takeaways From Dweck's Book. Fixed vs. Growth: The Two Basic Mindsets That Shape Our Lives. “If you imagine less, less will be what you undoubtedly deserve,” Debbie Millman counseled in one of the best commencement speeches ever given, urging: “Do what you love, and don’t stop until you get what you love. Work as hard as you can, imagine immensities…” Far from Pollyanna platitude, this advice actually reflects what modern psychology knows about how belief systems about our own abilities and potential fuel our behavior and predict our success.

Much of that understanding stems from the work of Stanford psychologist Carol Dweck, synthesized in her remarkably insightful Mindset: The New Psychology of Success (public library) — an inquiry into the power of our beliefs, both conscious and unconscious, and how changing even the simplest of them can have profound impact on nearly every aspect of our lives. One of the most basic beliefs we carry about ourselves, Dweck found in her research, has to do with how we view and inhabit what we consider to be our personality.

The Danger of Glass Ceilings : The Four Minute Mile & The Two Hour Marathon. How To Help Every Child Fulfil Their Potential. Is Our Psychology More Nature or Nurture? 29 Million Twins Reveal All. Here’s Why Believing People Can Change Is So Important in Life. How a growth mindset affects stress levels and health.

Here’s Why Believing People Can Change Is So Important in Life

Adolescents who believe people can change cope better with the challenges of attending high school, a new study finds. In contrast, those who believed that people’s personalities are fixed and unchangeable fared worse, suffering higher levels of stress and poorer physical health. The study’s authors were inspired by the idea that the high school years are a defining period in life: “Iconic films such as The Breakfast Club or Back to the Future depict teens as indelibly marked as “losers,” “jocks,” or “bullies”—labels that are thought to haunt them or buoy them throughout high school and into adulthood.” (Yeager et al., 2014) To see if high schoolers believe this, they recruited 158 ninth-grade students at a California high school. At the start of the academic year they measured the extent to which they thought people can change. Self-Compassion, Growth Mindset, and the Benefits of Failure. Source: Romolo Tavani/Shutterstock Two different psychological studies were published today that illuminate the importance of various age students practicing self-compassion and adopting a "growth mindset" (a term coined by Carol Dweck of Stanford University) marked by a self-belief that your intelligence is malleable and never set in stone.

Self-Compassion, Growth Mindset, and the Benefits of Failure

The first study, from the University of British Columbia, "Don't be so hard on yourself! Process of Personality Construction and Evolution.

False Growth Mindset

Enhancement. Great Opportunities. Achievement. Pride. Talents. Grit. Self-Compassion. How Microsoft Uses a Growth Mindset to Develop Leaders. Research shows that managers see far more leadership potential in their employees when their companies adopt a growth mindset — the belief that talent should be developed in everyone, not viewed as a fixed, innate gift that some have and others don’t.

How Microsoft Uses a Growth Mindset to Develop Leaders

But what are those organizations doing to nurture their talent? To explore this question, let’s look at Microsoft, which is deliberately creating a growth-mindset culture and, in that context, rethinking its approach to development. As a result, previously unidentified — yet skilled — leaders are rising to levels they might not have in a traditional development model. The CEO is generally the bellwether of a company’s culture, and under Satya Nadella’s leadership, Microsoft is emphasizing learning and creativity. Nadella believes this is how leaders are made, and that idea is reflected in several programs, which we’ll describe here.

The hackathons. Sometimes team members move into leadership roles, even if they weren’t already on that path. Do You Have a Fixed Mindset? Here’s How to Change It. How Do We Measure Social and Emotional Learning? We all know that whatever gets measured usually gets attention and focus.

How Do We Measure Social and Emotional Learning?

Right now, there is no widespread, practical way for all schools to assess children's social-emotional skills and character development (SECD). Or is there? If one looks at student report cards, one often finds on "the other side" of the academic grades a set of comments about behavior, character, preparation, motivation, and more. Resources on Developing Resilience, Grit, and Growth Mindset. There’s been a lot of talk lately about resilience, grit, growth mindset, and related concepts -- including the social and emotional skills associated with these factors and their importance for student well-being and academic success.

Resources on Developing Resilience, Grit, and Growth Mindset

Edutopia has curated these lists of resources to help educators and parents follow these topics and create home and school environments that provide supports and opportunities to help young people thrive. Nurturing Resilience The ability to bounce back from adversity is associated with a variety of skills. Mindset Kit. Resources for growth and learning mindsets.


Carol Dweck. Metacognition. Psychology of Behavior Change. Flourish.