According to Mindset Scholars Network, a growth mindset is the belief that intelligence can be developed. Students with a growth mindset understand they can get smarter through hard work, the use of effective strategies, and help from others when needed. It is contrasted with a fixed mindset: the belief that intelligence is a fixed trait that is set in stone at birth.
As educators, how can we raise student achievement using what science informs us about learning and neuroplasticity?
Jennifer Gunn from the Room 241 Blog encourages educators to learn seven practices that lead to a growth mindset from the teacher’s perspective and for helping students to move from a fixed mindset to a growth mindset.
The seven practices are…
- Never stop growing
- Experiment and innovate
- Ask questions
- Be flexible
- Learn new technology
- Truly listen
- Reflect, reflect, reflect
Read more about growth mindset in Jennifer Gunn’s article.
Learn more about what research has taught us about Growth Mindset.