Sunday, April 5, 2009

"Growth" vs. "Fixed" Minds

In this particular video podcast, Carol Dweck developed a workshop for students, where they we placed into two different groups for eight sessions. One of the groups learned study skills.The other group learned study skills and a growth mindset. The students that were placed in the study skills group grades declined because they had no motivation. On the other hand, the group that was taught the study skills and the growth mindset showed improvement in their grades. The growth mindset sessions included teaching the students that their brain develops everyday and were taught how to apply it to their school work.

In my future teaching, I want to teach my students that they learn something new everyday that can be applied to their school work and everyday life. I believe in a growth mindset because the more you grow the more you learn. Just having study skills isn't enough.

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