Promoting a Growth Mindset in the Christian Classroom


PRESENTER: Joshua Nelson – Christ-St. Peter, Milwaukee

The Growth Mindset is a way of thinking about teaching, classroom management, and all other aspects of life.  By understanding that our intelligence is changeable as opposed to fixed, we open doors to our students, their parents, and ourselves as their teachers.  

In this session, teachers will compare and contrast  “growth mindsets” and “fixed mindsets” and apply both concepts to their classroom instruction and school culture.  Teachers will review evidence of how efficacy in the classroom can be changed with a simple change in attitude (or mindset) through more effective stewardship of the intellectual gifts the Lord has given us.  Finally, teachers will discuss how this rationale promotes a God-pleasing environment that could help us improve our school culture.

Having a growth mindset is important in helping meet our schools' missions of educating, encouraging and equipping students so that they develop the collaboration, communication, critical thinking and creativity skills they will need in the 21st Century.

Joshua Nelson, M.Ed. currently teaches at Christ-St. Peter in Milwaukee, WI and has had students ranging from third graders through college freshmen over the past 14 years. He has a growth mindset and has had the privilege to serve students from 15 different cultural backgrounds in WELS elementary schools and through Concordia University, Wisconsin.  Josh also served as a missionary in Beijing, China.  He lives near the airport in Milwaukee with his wife, Erika, and their three children.