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Growth Mindset Posters? What a great idea!
Now you can display some of Carol Dweck's growth mindset messages in your classroom and around the school.
James Anderson has created these beautiful images of quotes to remind students, parents and teachers of key growth mindset messages. Capturing lines directly from Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, by Dr. Dweck, these posters will help support the development of a Growth Mindset culture at your school.
Price starts for a set of 7 posters at $55.00 US + $15 shipping (discounts for multiple sets).
size 11.7 x 16.5 inch, no watermarks
Talking to Students About Intelligence
Research shows that a critical intervention for improving motivation, is explicitly teaching a growth mindset - we can grow our intelligence through effective effort. Use this graphic in classrooms to communicate a growth mindset and have conversations with students about how they can grow the neurons in their brains.
A growth mindset – the knowledge that one becomes more intelligent with effort - is being recognized more and more as something that we can cultivate in our students. If you would like some help getting started with cultivating growth mindsets by helping students learn about effective effort, this post is for you.
What Is Effort?
At the most basic level, effort means you are trying. In my experience though, students claim that they are trying, and may believe that they're trying, but they do not know what trying effectively actually looks like. To many students, trying is merely thinking about doing the work, or finding a friend (or the Internet) to get answers from. For example, there are many students who have a hard time seeing the difference between doing math and copying someone else's math, or between helping someone with a task and just giving him the answer. They think they did their homework even though they may have copied most of it from the board or from a friend. One thing I tell students is "That is like tracing a picture – you traced your homework, you didn't "do" it."
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The Mindset Works Team
What do students need in order to take the reins?
This article is adapted from the article "Mindsets and Student Agency" originally published in Unboxed, High Tech High Graduate School of Education's magazine, in their Spring 2013 issue.
Learning happens in the learner's mind. It always does. In fact, the only thing that determines how much learning takes place is what happens in the learner's mind. What happens outside of it is only meaningful to the extent it gives the brain material for it to think.
Wonderful opportunities for learning, such as great instruction, may exist in the classroom or elsewhere, but if the learner's mind is not attentive, not reflective, not engaged, then little learning happens. Yet an engaged mind will make the most out of learning opportunities and further enrich activities and discussions to generate even deeper learning.
But we can't force students to develop agency and drive their own learning. It must come from within. So how do we catalyze that?
Hierarchy of Learner Needs
A large body of research in psychology and education is uncovering the critical elements needed for students to drive their own learning. It points to two essential focus areas that hold the most promise: Learning Mindsets and Learning Strategies & Habits, highlighted in Figure 1 and discussed in the sections that follow.