What is a growth mindset? Carol Dweck states, “It’s about a commitment to learning - taking informed risks and learning from the results, surrounding yourself with people who encourage you to grow.” It’s the belief that intelligence is something we can grow and to embrace risk taking and failures as an opportunity to learn.
How can we as parents and educators foster a growth mindset in our students?
Carol Dweck’s answer, “If parents want to give their children a gift, the best thing they can do is to teach them to love challenges, be intrigued by mistakes, enjoy effort, and to keep on learning.”
Begin with believing that perseverance, determination and effort can help your child achieve his or her goals. If we support a child’s effort, perseverance, and determination rather than the accomplishment or final product, it fosters a growth mindset. Students shouldn’t fear taking a risk or making a mistake - but to try again. Children who have a growth mindset believe they can and will learn anything at school with effort and perseverance.
Being mindful with words used in praise and encouragement can help foster a growth mindset. Focus on praising effort and process, not the accomplishment or final product. This helps students change their dialogue from “I can’t” to “I can always improve. Mistakes help me learn. My effort and attitude make all the difference. I can’t do it yet.”
What we strive for at Eagle View is to use all of our tools to provide the ultimate learning experience for each student. Students as well as staff are learning to develop a growth mindset. I hope that each student at Eagle View Elementary and Pequot Lakes Schools embraces a growth mindset this year.
-- Melissa Hesch, Eagle View Elementary Principal