Dr. Dweck developed the idea of fixed mindset and growth mindset to describe the underlying beliefs people have about learning and intelligence. Her theory is that when students believe they can get smarter, paired with effort, their brains become stronger. With this mindset, high levels of achievement can be reached.
Researchers have also discovered that teacher practice has a big impact on student mindset. The feedback that teachers give their students can either encourage a child to choose a challenge and increase achievement or look for an easy way out. For example, studies on different kinds of praise have shown that telling children they are smart encourages a fixed mindset, whereas praising hard work and effort cultivates a growth mindset.
What’s the best way to get started with your growth mindset revolution?
Check out these five must watch Growth Mindset videos.
CAROL DWECK—THE POWER OF BELIEVING THAT YOU CAN IMPROVE
Dweck’s 10-minute TED talk is an excellent entry point to begin learning about growth mindset. She walks you through “the power of yet”—and “the tyranny of now”—to show how we can influence our own brain’s capacity for learning.
Recommended for: parents, teachers, administrators, and high-school students
Growth Mindset Vs. Fixed Mindset
This video, published by Sprouts, explains the difference between having a growth mindset and a fixed mindset. With lots of examples to go along with key attitudes and beliefs, this video is fantastic for understanding how to shift our fixed mindset tendencies to a growth one.
Recommended for: parents, teachers, administrators, upper elementary and middle school students.
Growth mindset for Students - Part 1/5
This is the first episode of a five part series developed by ClassDojo in collaboration with Stanford University's PERTS lab. In this five episode video series on Growth Mindset, two monsters named Mojo and Katie explore the different aspects of growth mindset so that teachers and students everywhere can learn about it together in their classrooms! Check out episode one below. If you want to continue with the rest of the episodes, click HERE.
Recommended for: Elementary students
Growth Mindset Video - A short and sweet visual explanation
This video is perfect for a short and sweet explanation of what a growth mindset is and how to develop it. This video does a great job at explaining the reasoning behind why a Growth Mindset can work for everyone. It would be a perfect intro for your class without overwhelming them with too much information on the subject.
Recommended for: teachers, parents, elementary, middle, and high-school students
Sesame Street: Janelle Monae - Power of Yet
For the fifth video in this post, I wanted to include something for the younger kids. This video will help preschoolers and lower elementary students get into the growth mindset idea with Janelle Monáe singing “The Power of Yet” on Sesame Street.
Helping kids develop a growth mindset can change the way they look at learning and attempting challenges. If you would like to challenge your students with an activity that will also reinforce growth mindset attitudes and beliefs, try this Growth Mindset themed Math Mystery (available in different math levels). Set the stage with the video hook, then instruct students to solve the math questions to unlock the growth mindset clues. Then, using their powers of deduction, find the Magnificent Growth Mindset winner! Learn more here.
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