Carol Dweck, a professor at Stamford University writes: “"In a fixed mindset students believe their basic abilities, their intelligence, their talents, are just fixed traits. They have a certain amount and that's that, and then their goal becomes to look smart all the time and never look dumb. In a growth mindset students understand that their talents and abilities can be developed through effort, good teaching and persistence. …they believe everyone can get smarter if they work at it."
Research has shown that a child’s intelligence is not ‘fixed’, it can grow and be developed.
Praise your child for effort rather than for his/her talent – praising effort improves performance.
Encourage your child to learn from his/her mistakes.
We need to ensure that students understand that a Growth Mindset can help them.
We should remind students that intelligence is not fixed and that we believe that they can improve.
We also need to ensure that they know how to improve.
We should try to establish a collaborative classroom where students take responsibility for their own learning
We should foster a mistake friendly learning environment where students are encouraged to reflect on the process of learning.
We should remind students that the more they seek to improve their performance the better they will become.
We should praise students for effort not for talent.
Intelligence and ability can be cultivated and developed.
Effort is required for learning.
Effort grows connections in your brain, which make you smarter.
Remember most success is achieved not through intelligence but through attitude, self-belief and effort.
If you are not making mistakes you are not learning, build resilience and learn from criticism.
Your brain is a muscle, which strengthens with exercise and you need to ‘work out' to get bright.