In the classroom, research has shown that students with a growth mindset, rather than a fixed mindset are more likely to achieve success. A student with a fixed mindset believes that intelligence or any other trait is fixed, and that they either possess that trait or they don't. Teachers that encourage students by saying "wow, you are very smart," are encouraging this idea of traits within a fixed mindset. A student with a growth mindset however, believes that intelligence can be learned and skills and potential can be developed. Teachers can encourage students toward more of a growth mindset by saying things like: "wow, it looks like you took a lot of time and tried really hard" or "great job, now how can we take this to the next step?" Not all students have the same skills, so it is important to remember that we are all growing and learning new skills every day. If you have a fixed mindset, in many ways you are limiting yourself in your abilities to push forward in your education. This page is devoted to discuss how important learning is compared to just being, looking, or acting smart. The growth mindset is all about improvement and trying your best even if failure has set you back before. Don't be afraid to try new things, ask lots of questions, and learn, learn, learn.
"What is the difference between these two mindsets? Different perspectives on intelligence." - Eduardo Briceno
You Can Grow Your Intelligence!
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