PROMPT: Carol Dweck is the author of book about the Growth Mindset. How can you embrace the idea of a growth mindset for yourself as a professional and with your students?

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a year ago
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Having a growth mindset as a teacher: I want to keep bettering myself and challenge myself as a teacher. I am always trying to develop as a teacher. Students: Teaching kids that a good challenge makes you a better person. There is always room for improvement. Give them positive reinforcement to keep improving.

a year ago
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Professionally, I know that there is always room for improvement and growth. I must have that growth mindset because when I do something wrong, I reflect and fix the problem so I don't do it wrong again. My student population tends to be the group that chronically under-perform. I praise and stress the importance of their effort and progress. We celebrate their growth even if it isn't "at level." They know that they need to challenge themselves so that they can get smarter and most of the students respond greatly to that message.

a year ago
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I like this idea. I use the grade "Need to try again." I might switch this to "Not Yet." Retrying and learning from errors is extremely important. I like "Process Praise." Effort = Success!

a year ago
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Isn't this Standards Based Reporting. Not yet means you are teaching toward mastery not a grade. This growth mindset takes a district change. It is also a difficult thing for parents because they understand grades, not hearing that their child has NOT YET learned the topic. I think that a form of project based learning is a way to move in this direction. I agree that sometimes we need to fail to grow and those are teachable moments.

a year ago
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We need to foster the growth mindset brain at a younger age because at times we have kids who are as young as 3rd grade and they already have the fixed mindset. As teachers, we need to think about our praise and make sure we are praising the process and not the outcome. Too often we praise the result (the grade) and not the effort or process that was put into it.

a year ago
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I'd like to think that professionally I have a growth mindset as I know I always have room for growth and improvement.

a year ago
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I have a unique teacher position where all students are able to succeed at their own level, this does not mean that they do. Instead of grading my students they should just be required to reflect on what they learned, what they completed, and what life skills they strengthened. Getting the next A and the next test score is an important thing that people sometimes overlook. There is important competition component to taking tests, learning things, studying, and success/failure. I think that students who are continually challenged at their own level will be successful, this is growth mindset. All too often we assign work to students that is not on their own level, which is not fair to students and causes them to fail. One of the great joys in my career is getting that student that is unmotivated to become motivated.

a year ago
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Transforming effort and difficulty to an attitude that creates growth and challenge is the mindset we need to have as educators and learners. There is so much power in our response/interactions with students.

a year ago
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As for my students, I think many students have a fixed mind set and give up before they even try; they don't like to think they can learn from a challenge or from their errors, they'd rather just be given it. I think I can try to help change that fixed mind set by remembering to "praise wisely" by praising effort, focus, strategy and progress. If we could all change student mind sets they may do better on their MAPS, WKCE tests and the like.

a year ago
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Ironically, one of my Twitter Chats was about the Growth Mindset. Most of the tweets were shared by guidance counselors and the correlation to test anxiety with high stakes testing. After watching this video, I more clearly understand the chat. How can we expect students to get over their test anxiety when they already have developed a fixed mindset of failure or inferiority? I believe that our current educational system does emphasize summative grades. We grade the end result not the process. A Growth Mindset emphasizes the process. Students understand that they don’t know everything. . .Yet. They understand that the process of learning takes them closer to knowledge. By creating a culture of Growth Mindset, the students are more confident and are willing to be risk takers. Additionally, they are more supportive of each other. They know that we all learn at different paces and we may not all be “there” . . . yet! I think educators need to embrace a Growth Mindset as we are constantly exposed to new theories, resources, and mandates. We cannot learn it all. . not yet! We need to be understanding that we are students and we are constantly learning. Through the learning process, we grow the most.