Investing Students in the "Growth Mindset"

How would your students react if they knew that the brain is actually a muscle?  Would they be inspired to discover that our brains can grow as we practice learning, just like a bicep can get bigger with weights?

If you want your students to demonstrate grit and persevere through difficult situations, teach them about malleable intelligence.  Teach them the growth mindset.

In this section, you'll find tried and true, research based strategies for shaping and instilling the growth mindset in your student.  In doing so, you'll walk away from this session with a concrete plan for how to teach mindset, a lesson or two to kickstart your plan at school, and tips for becoming and staying invested in your own development as a teacher. 

The resources included in this section come primarily from the research of Dr. Carol S. Dweck in Mindset: The New psychology of Success.


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If you are interested in the concept of the Growth Mindset, and want to explore the idea further, this 8-minute YouTube video provides a well-organized, engaging overview.  Jan 1, 2012, 7:12 PM Karen Buelow
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Online article about Malleable Intelligence. Includes some graphics and several guided questions. Ideal for upper elementary (with language support) through secondary.  Jan 3, 2012, 10:20 AM Karen Buelow
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My own lesson plan to help guide you your introduction to malleable intelligence. There are questions for pre-reading, comprehension, and even my example of a real life example. This lesson plan was intended for the secondary classroom, but can be modified for younger students.   47k v. 2 Jan 1, 2012, 7:21 PM Karen Buelow
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This packet introduces the concept of The Growth Mindset and includes reading material for elementary and secondary students, guided notes, and interesting clips of brain research to teach your students throughout the year.  1839k v. 2 Jan 1, 2012, 7:23 PM Karen Buelow
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This Powerpoint includes great images to teach your students about Growth Mindset, but you may need to add more information/ checks for understanding appropriate for your students' age.   1696k v. 3 Jan 1, 2012, 7:03 PM Karen Buelow
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A Powerpoint that is intended to introduce or emphasize your Big Goals by teaching students about Malleable Intelligence.  1507k v. 1 Jan 3, 2012, 10:22 AM Karen Buelow
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This document clarifies and provides further examples of growth mindset praise to add to your "Praise Phrase" teacher toolkit.   108k v. 2 Jan 5, 2012, 9:27 PM Karen Buelow
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