Growth Mindset

GoalIt has now been almost five weeks since this class, Information Fluency and Inquiry Learning (FRIT 7234), has begun. It’s time for me to sit down with my goals that I made at the beginning of the class and evaluate them.

I believe that I am on track for two of my three goals! I have learned about a few new web 2.0 tools, specifically dealing with infographics, that I have saved to my bookmarks on my browser, and plan on incorporating into the classroom. I have also taken what information I have learned so far and brought it into the classroom, as well. For instance, while subbing last week, I helped a middle school student narrow down search results on Google and suggest tips for getting better results. This is something that I would not have been able to do had it not been before this class. Therefore, I would say that I am progressing nicely through my goals for the class.

While reading Even Geniuses Work Hard, by Carol S. Dweck, I noticed the two growth online_resourcesmindsets that she listed within her article: fixed and growth. Once I was finished with the article, I spent a considerable amount of time trying to place myself within a mindset – where exactly did I belong? How did I view knowledge? And, more importantly, how did I view myself within the knowledge spectrum?

After a considerable amount of time had passed, I believed that I had the answer. I think that I belong within the growth mindset. I believe that everyone can develop intelligence, I value effort, I respond well to obstacles, and I view challenging work as an opportunity to grow.

Ms. Dweck also made sure to point out in her article that a fixed mindset was not a very positive way to think. Those with a fixed mindset believe that you are born intelligent, they value looking smart “over everything else,” they do not like effort, and they do not handle setbacks well. This is obviously not conducive to a positive classroom environment. Ms. Dweck points this out within her article, as well as offers a suggestion:

… teachers need to create a growth-mindset culture  in the classroom. One way to create such a culture is by providing the right kinds of praise and encouragement.

I believe that this is something that all teachers should strive for. There are some students who definitely are too hard on themselves, and definitely are stuck in the fixed mindset. However, that’s not saying that they’ll be viewing education and intelligence the same way forever. Teachers can change the way that students view intelligence, education, and their own personal worth by offering the right kinds of feedback, just as Ms. Dweck suggests in her article.

Growth Mindset

5 thoughts on “Growth Mindset

  1. Alice Lasseter says:

    I enjoyed reading your post and seeing how you are doing with your learning goals. I think that you created some good learning goals for yourself to accomplish throughout course. It was interesting to me, learning about the different mindsets. Professor Dweck discussed the two different mindsets of growth and fixed, which was new information to me. I evaluated my position with the different mindsets and I think that I have more of a growth mindset as well. Now it is our job as educators to help strive our students to develop this kind of mindset as well. I hope you continue to strive towards your goals.

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  2. Dixie Shoemaker says:

    I never knew how the simply wording of a criticism or comment of praise could have such effect on the mindset of someone. I like to think I always offer the right kind of praise and encouragement, but after this week’s module, I will certainly make myself more aware of how I say what I say to my students.

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  3. Melanie says:

    I agree, our feedback needs to be carefully calculated. We want to be sure that what we say is fostering learning. I will be more mindful of that as well. Sometimes it is so easy to just say “good job.” But that statement is void. It has no real meaning to it. Instead I try to say something more personal to the moment. Great post! You really got me thinking!


  4. I really enjoyed Dweck’s article. She shed some light on things that I’d never considered, and like you and the others, I will definitely be more intentional with my students in an effort to be sure that they develop their own growth mindsets. I think a big problem in today’s society is the number of people with fixed mindsets who, sadly, don’t even know that they have them.


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