Growth Mindset

What is a growth mindset?

Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D., is one of the world’s leading researchers in the field of motivation and is the Lewis and Virginia Eaton Professor of Psychology at Stanford University. 

Her research has focused on why people succeed and how to foster success. 

Mindset is a simple idea discovered by world-renowned Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck in decades of research on achievement and success—a simple idea that makes all the difference.

In a fixed mindset, people believe their basic qualities, like their intelligence or talent, are simply fixed traits. They spend their time documenting their intelligence or talent instead of developing them. They also believe that talent alone creates success—without effort. They’re wrong.

In a growth mindset, people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work—brains and talent are just the starting point. This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment. Virtually all great people have had these qualities.
Slide show from parent information evening
Carol Dweck - Developing a Growth Mindset
The Power of Belief
The Power of YET


Readings that support your understanding as to why Growth Mindset is important

Famous Failures
Celebrating our failures and struggles is an important part to a Growth Mindset.  If we are struggling it means we are learning, if there is no struggle it means its too easy and no learning is happening.  Failing is good because it means we are trying, taking risks and the best learning happens when we fail.  Below are some famous failures, it is important for children to recognise this because they need to see the hard work, perseverance and resilience that is required to be successful. To quote Nelson Mandela, " Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again."
Famous Failures
Michael Jordan - failures
John Legend - effort and success

Process/Strategy and Effort Praise
How we praise our children can make a difference. 
Carol Dweck on praise

The language we use can make a difference
What we say to children can make a difference to how children think and feel about their learning.  Below are some of the phrases we are trying to instill and become automatic in our students.