6 ways to teach growth mindset from day one of school
Imagine if your new class this fall was full of students who would: Be willing to try new thingsStick with hard tasks and not give upPush themselves to do their best work, not just what’s “good enough”Believe in themselves and their own ability to learn Here’s the great news–these are traits that we can help develop in our students by teaching them about how their brains work. Many students enter our classrooms believing they’re either smart or not smart, good at reading or math, or not good in those areas. This belief that our basic qualities like intelligence and talents can’t be changed is called a fixed mindset. Often our students figure: Why bother trying at something that’s hard for me? Our students may not realize that their brains have the ability to change and grow through their experiences (neuroplasticity). And once they have a growth mindset, they can learn anything. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Show students how to respond constructively to setbacks and failures. 6.
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