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Fixed Mindset vs. Growth Mindset
Dear Cascade Parents:
How often do we tell our children they are smart when they perform well on assessments or assignments? How often were you told you were smart as a child? Do you often think you are smarter in one subject, but not in another? “I’m not a math person…” How did you form such assumptions about your intelligence? This is a fixed mindset.
There is a growing body of research in the field of neuroscience which shows children (and adults) perform best when they are given feedback on their performance related to their effort, not ‘smarts.’ Children who believe that effort translates into progress toward or mastery of a goal are more apt to persevere. This is a growth mindset.
Based on the work of Dr. Carol Dweck, Growth Mindset relates to students’ assumptions about intelligence. "Students with a growth mindset may tackle such work (challenging, meaningful learning tasks) with excitement, whereas students with a fixed mindset may feel threatened by learning tasks that require them to stretch and take risks." This brain research applies to all learners, particularly highly capable children.
We have been focusing on Fixed Mindset vs. Growth Mindset and its implication on our learners in our Eastmont Administrator meetings. This will also be our learning focus for Cascade staff during the month of February.
I encourage you to connect to the following video links below to learn more about Growth Mindset. I have changed the way I give my own children feedback at home based on the research. Enjoy!
Robin Kirkpatrick, Principal
The Power of Belief - Mindset and Success: Eduardo Briceno at TEDxManhattanBeach http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pN34FNbOKXc
The story of Austin’s butterfly- Ron Berger
Here's a link to Carol Dweck's work around mindset: