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Transcript of MINDSET
Fixed vs. Growth Mindset
Scenario # 1:
Susie is a 5th grader who is on her way to her first Track Competition. She was nervous about the competition but has always excelled in athletics. She felt confident in herself and even had the perfect spot for her ribbons in her room. In her first event, the long jump, although she did a good job the girls following her did better and she lost. Susie did well in other events but by the end of the day, she received no ribbons.
1. Tell Suzie you thought she was the best and she was robbed of the ribbons that were rightfully hers.
2. Reassure Susie that track is not that important.
3. Tell her she has the ability and will surely win next time.
4. Tell her that if she wanted to do track purely for fun, that was just fine. But if she wanted to excel in the competitions, she would have to work harder.
Are avoided because, in case of failure, they can give an impression of lack of talent.
Are embraced because you can learn from them and they can lead to growth.
Same with obstacles. The difference here, as I see it, is that challenges are things that you can decide to do while obstacles are external forces that get in your way.
What's the point of working hard and making efforts if afterwards you are still on square one? If your worldview tells you that effort is an unpleasant thing that doesn't really pay dividends, then the smart thing to do is to avoid it as much as possible.
Useful negative feedback is ignored in the best of cases, and taken as an insult the rest of the time. It logically leads you to believe that any criticism of your capabilities is criticism of you. This usually discourages the people around and after a while they stop giving any negative feedback, further isolating the person from external influences that could generate some change.
The success of others is seen as a benchmark against which the person looks bad. A Fixed Mindset will try to convince themselves and the people around them that the success was due to either luck or objectionable actions. In some cases, they will even try to tarnish the success of others.
Persist in the face of setbacks. External setbacks do not discourage you. Your self-image is not tied to your success and how you will look to others; failure is an opportunity to learn, and so whatever happens you win.
See effort as the path to mastery. Effort is seen not as something useless to be avoided, but as necessary to grow and master useful skills.
Criticism and negative feedback are sources of information. That doesn't mean that all criticism is worth integrating or that nothing is never taken personally, but at least
The success of others is seen as a source of inspiration and information. Individuals will improve and this will create a positive feedback that loops and encourages them to keep learning and improving.
intelligence can be developed
focus on improvement instead of set intelligence
Hard work leads to greater intelligence
intelligence can be developed
focus on improvement rather than natural intelligence
intelligence can be grown or enhanced over time
belief that one only has a certain amount of intelligence
intelligence is static
Two types of people in the world: intelligent and stupid
Growth Mindset Teachers:
Collaborate with their colleagues and instructional leaders, rather than shut their classroom doors and fly solo.
Strive to strengthen their own practice, rather than blame others. Believe that all students can learn and succeed and show it.
Does this describe YOU?
Educators with a growth mindset:
Understand that intelligence can be developed
Motivate students to focus on continued improvement rather than intelligence
Value hard work
Growth Mindset Administrators:
Support teachers’ learning.
Are responsive to honest feedback, rather than defensive.
Seek to build their skills
Are willing to learn from their teachers.
Does this describe who you want to be as an administrator?
as a Path to
Success of Others
What would you do if you were Susie’s teacher/coach?