What is Growth Mindset?
Growth mindset refers to a learning theory developed by Dr Carol Dweck.
A growth mindset is the belief that although we’re born with a certain level of intelligence, we can develop it throughout our lives through effort, strategies, facing challenges and learning from our mistakes.
Conversely, if you have a fixed mindset, you believe that you’re born in a particular way and don’t have much scope for change. If a person with a fixed mindset fails at something, they tell themselves that it’s just because of who they are and there’s not a lot they can do about it.
At C.C. Ring we believe that it is important to devleop a growth mindset in students becuase of the many benefits to them such as:
- They will seek out better feedback and persist for longer.
- They cope better with transistions and develop better self-regulation
- It reduces stress and aggression in students as well as incresasing wellbeing and emotional functioning
- It improves self-esteem, learning orienation and reduces helplessness
How do you devleop growth mindset in children?
There is not a simple roadmap to developing a growth mindset. At C.C. Ring we use elements of Conscious Discipline to help develop this within students, but there are several ways to ehlp build this foundation both at school and at home.
Types of Praise – praising the process, their effort and individual development over the result, Encouraging your students to ask for and act on feedback.
Level of Expectation – having high, challenging but realistic expectations of their performance and communicating this to your students.
Positive Group Norms – creating a growth culture that values learning, education and development
Helpful Self-Talk – Teaching students to manage how they talk to themselves and to do so in a positive, helpful and energized way. This is truly how Conscious Discipline contributes to and supports growth mindset
Download this Growth Mindset Poster to help promote a growth mindset at home.