The Growth Mindset Is The Belief That You Can Improve Your Abilities

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Growth Mindset Growth mindset is the belief that you can improve upon your abilities through practice and effort, as opposed to a fixed mindset in which one believes their abilities are unchangeable (Dweck, 2006). Students with fixed mindset believe intelligence is static and tend to desire looking smart, therefore they avoid challenges, give up easily, see effort as fruitless, ignore useful feedback, and are threatened by others’ success. Students with a fixed mindset report feeling dumb when they have to work hard, and are more likely to become discouraged or defensive, may avoid opportunities that will require risk of doing poorly, may blame others for difficulties, lie about their scores, or even consider cheating. Dweck (2010) noted that students with a growth mindset recognize that “even geniuses have to work hard to develop their abilities and make contributions” (Dweck, 2010, p. 17). Students with a growth mindset believe intelligence can be developed, which leads to a desire to learn and a tendency to embrace challenge, persist despite obstacles, see effort as a way to achieve mastery, learn from criticism, and be inspired by others’ success (Dweck, 2006).
Research shows that it is possible to change one’s mindset, and also possible to help students replace judging thoughts with thoughts such as what can I learn from this? and how can I improve?. Teaching about growth mindset gets students thinking differently about intelligence and talent. Informing students…

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