Over the past couple of weeks I’ve written about the concept and benefits of getting into a Growth Mindset.
The language of Growth Mindset is filtering into schools and there is a wealth of material, literature and resources that you might like to look at if you’re interested in developing Growth Mindsets in your learning community.
With that in mind, I thought I’d share some of the great resources I have come across in recent times as I’ve run workshops for teachers, kids and parents.
The first resource I would point you to is this report written by Carol Dweck, Gregory Walton and Geoffrey Cohen and published by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
It talks of the research behind and some strategies to support Growth Mindsets and the impact this has on what they term Academic Tenacity.
Once you’ve had a look at that, you might like to read Dweck’s Mindset book.
In order to implement Growth Mindset strategies in your class or home, Dweck has worked with Mindset Works to develop a number of programs. To get a taste, you can get your hands some great free resources here.
This are also some online surveys you can take to assess your own mindset as well those around you.
That should get you on your way.
There are some who would say we’ve been doing this kind of stuff for years, and maybe we have. Or maybe we haven’t. It probably depends on your personal experiences…
But if you think you aren’t capable of learning a new language, or that you don’t have a musical bone in your body, or no matter what you try you just can’t [INSERT YOUR OWN PERSONAL HURDLE] … that my friend is a fixed mindset.
So the development of a shared language is – at the very least – a step in the right direction.
Author: Dan Haesler is a teacher, consultant and speaker at the Mental Health & Wellbeing of Young People seminars. His website is: http://danhaesler.com/ and he tweets at @danhaesler