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‘Growth Mindset Starts With Us, Not With Them’ is the first post in a two-part series at my Education Week Teacher column.

Also check out Here Are The Movie Scenes That Readers Have Said Demonstrate A Growth Mindset – & I’m Still Looking For More

My Growth Mindset Lessons Usually Go Well, But What I Did Today Was The Best Yet (Student Hand-Outs Included)

The “question of the week” at my Education Week Teacher column this week is “How Can We Help Our Students Develop a Growth Mindset?” (NOTE: You can now read Carol Dweck’s guest response to that question here). As part of the response, which will be published on Tuesday, I thought a “The Best…” list would be useful.

Carol Dweck, who identified the concept, will be one of the guests responding to that question, and several readers have already shared their ideas. There’s still time to contribute yours….

You can find a specific lesson in my book, Helping Students Motivate Themselves, on how I incorporate the idea of a growth mindset in my classroom, and some of my other related ideas in my article in this month’s edition of ASCD Educational Leadership, Eight Things Skilled Teachers Think, Say, and Do.

Here are my choices for The Best Resources On Helping Our Students Develop A “Growth Mindset”:

I’ve got to start with Professor Dweck’s own website, Mindset Online. Other resources by her are included in all “The Best…” lists in this post.

Here are a few previous related “The Best…” lists:

The Best Posts, Articles & Videos About Learning From Mistakes & Failures

The Best Resources For Showing Students That They Make Their Brain Stronger By Learning

The Best Resources For Learning How To Best Give Feedback To Students

The Best Resources For Learning About The Importance Of “Grit”

Here is a fabulous infographic on the concept.

The Pajaro Valley School District has an excellent collection of resources, Carol Dweck’s Important Work on Mindsets.

Montgomery Schools also have a useful online packet.

Eduardo Briceño is the Co-Founder, with Dr. Carol Dweck, of Mindset Works:

Here’s The “Growth Mindset” Article & Prompt We’re Using As Part Of Our Semester Final

Useful “Fixed” vs. “Growth” Mindset Worksheet For Students

read two excellent posts today on giving effective feedback, and I’m adding both of them to The Best Resources For Learning How To Best Give Feedback To Students:

How To Give Good Feedback is by Annie Murphy Paul.

Here’s an excellent interview with Carol Dweck. I learn from all of her work, but I found this one particularly interesting because she shared some thoughts I hadn’t heard her say before. Here’s one particularly useful excerpt:

Our Students Are Not Supermen & Superwomen

Changing Teens’ Mindsets on Social Aggression is a useful Ed Week article.

Promoting Equity Through Teaching For A Growth Mindset

Quote Of The Day AND Video: “We’ll Score Goals When We Grow Old”

Interesting New Study By Carol Dweck

Quote Of The Day: “Your Thoughts Can Release Abilities Beyond Normal Limits”

‘Growth Mindset’ Gaining Traction as School Improvement Strategy is from Education Week.

Daniel Coyle shared this video on Twitter. Even though it has a sports focus, it can very easily be applied to any area of learning:


Studies Offer Practical Ways to Bring ‘Growth Mindset’ Research to Schools is an Ed Week post about some recent studies. One of them featured having students read about the struggles experienced by famous scientists, as opposed by focusing solely on their achievements, and resulted in higher student motivation and academic achievement. Here’s an earlier study done by the same researchers with Taiwanese students (the most recent research was with classes in New York) that reached similar conclusions and has a lot of interesting background information.

Teachers told: use ‘not yet’ in place of ‘fail’ when marking is from The Telegraph. It’s about a new guide for UK teachers on how to help students develop a growth mindset.


Two Good Videos On How We Learn & How I Plan To Use Them In Class

New Research: Students Benefit from Learning That Intelligence Is Not Fixed is from MindShift.

Two New Sesame Street Videos On Social Emotional Learning

Researchers See What A Growth Mindset Does To The Brain



Video: New TEDx Talk By Carol Dweck

Study Finds That Bilingualism Supports A Growth Mindset

Quote Of The Day: I Think This Is The Best Article Carol Dweck Has Written

Good Videos On A Growth Mindset, The Importance Of Learning From Mistakes & A Lot More

Khan Develops Decent Lesson On Growth Mindset But, Come On, Can’t They Create An Engaging Video?

New Study Shows That Teaching About “Growth Mindset” Works At Large Scale – Or Does It?

Three Useful Growth Mindset Resources

The Limits To The Power Of A Growth Mindset (& The Dangers When We Don’t Recognize Them)

The Educator and the Growth Mindset is from Jackie Gerstein and Metacognition Curriculum is an older post from Frank Noschese.

Test Your Mindset is an online interactive from Carol Dweck that I think would be useful to offer to students.

Helping Students Reach Their Full Potential with the Growth Mindset is by Dan Winkler and provides a pretty good, and short, definition of a growth mindset.

Here’s a TED-Ed lesson using the above video.

Growth Mindset – More Evidence is from Alex Quigley.

There was a recent conference in the UK which featured Carol Dweck. It sounds like she made some interesting points, particularly around what she called a “False Growth Mindset.” Here are some reports on that talk, along with other resources:

Why the ‘false growth mindset’ explains so much is from The Learning Spy. The Mindset Journey is from Drowning in the Shallow.

Quote Of The Day: Carol Dweck On “Nagging”

Guest Post: Growth Mindset Memes

Shaun Allison has written an exceptional post and created a great slideshow about the growth mindset. He graciously gave me permission to share his slideshow here:

Carol Dweck and Growth Mindset is a well-done and interesting thirty minute BBC interview with Carol Dweck and her associates

Why a ‘Growth Mindset’ Won’t Work is a very good column by Peter DeWitt.

Quote Of The Day: “What Does This Experience Make Possible?”

Growth Mindset – Don’t Throw The Baby Out With The Bathwater

Research Study On Humility Perfect For Students (& Useful For All Of Us)

When Pupils Talk in Absolutes: Understanding Mindset though Self-Narrative is by Sarah Donarski.


The Golden State Warriors & Social Emotional Learning

Be a Mirror: Give Readers Feedback That Fosters a Growth Mindset is from The International Literacy Association.

Positive Mindset May Prime Students’ Brains for Math is from Ed Week.

Why Growth Mindsets Are Necessary to Save Math Class is from The Atlantic.

Carol Dweck has recently written several pieces on the dangers of a “false growth mindset.” Here are a few:

Recognizing and Overcoming False Growth Mindset is from Edutopia.

What Having a “Growth Mindset” Actually Means appeared in the Harvard Business Review.

The Stanford professor who pioneered praising kids for effort says we’ve totally missed the point is from Quartz.

I Did My Best Job Teaching A “Growth Mindset” Today – Here’s The Lesson Plan

Here’s What My Students Think Of A Growth Mindset

Study: Learning About Failures Of Famous Scientists Improves Student Achievement

Amazon, Ed. Organizations Launch Blitz for “Growth Mindset” in Math is from Ed Week.

What I Learned About Growth Mindset When Students Taught Me is from Ed Week.

Grow Your Mindset! is an accessible article with audio support.

New Study Finds A New Twist On Growth Mindset – Overconfident People Don’t Have It

Carol Dweck Makes Strongest Statement Yet On Growth Mindset Misuse

Nurturing Growth Mindsets: Six Tips From Carol Dweck is from Ed Week.

Quote Of The Day: “Effort Is Not The Only Thing” – Carol Dweck On A Growth Mindset

Mindset Scholars Network Website Is Key New Resource For Social Emotional Learning

Does Your Principal Support Teachers Developing A Growth Mindset?

Carol Dweck talks about a growth mindset. You can read her contribution to my Ed Week column at Classroom Strategies to Foster a Growth Mindset

Quote Of The Day: LeBron James On A Growth Mindset

We Did A Great ‘Growth Mindset’ Lesson With Our ELLs This Week – Here’s The Lesson Plan

Study: “you want to speak to the brilliance, but you also need to speak to the struggle”

3 Myths of Mindset is by Dan Haesler.

Opportunities & Dangers Of Big New Growth Mindset Study

Mindset Works has a great list of feedback examples that promote a growth mindset.

Teaching kids to struggle #GrowthMindset is an excellent and simple lesson from Class Creator.

Growth Mindset vs Fixed Mindset: An Introduction is a useful TED-Ed lesson.

Mindset Works has unveiled a redesigned website and lots of free resources.

Seven Common Growth Mindset Scenarios and Responses is from The Mindset Kit.

Ed Week has published a special report on a growth mindset:

Mindset in the Classroom: A National Study of K-12 Teachers

Teachers Seize On ‘Growth Mindset,’ But Crave More Training

Quiz Yourself: Does This Classroom Feedback Promote a Growth Mindset?


Introducing Growth Mindset in Math is from Runde’s Room.

How Microsoft Uses a Growth Mindset to Develop Leaders is by Carol Dweck.

How to Integrate Growth Mindset Messages Into Every Part of Math Class is from MindShift.

New Carol Dweck Interview On Having A “False Growth Mindset”

Growth mindset: practical tips you may not have tried yet is from The Guardian.

New Study Connects Growth Mindset & “Bouncing Back” From Mistakes

PERTS from Stanford is offering a free two-hour online program to promote a growth mindset to all ninth-graders. It’s definitely worth a look.

Growth mindset is on a firm foundation, but we’re still building the house is by Carol Dweck.

Is Mindset Theory Really In Trouble? is from New York Magazine.

Young Adult Novels That Teach a Growth Mindset is by Robert Ward.

Four Teaching Moves That Promote A Growth Mindset In All Readers is from MindShift.

Growth mindset, performance avoidance, and academic behaviors in Clark County School District is a long report worth a quick review.

Growth mindset: teaching panacea or classroom pitfall? is from TES.

I Want to get Better at… Growth Mindset Next Year is from The Teaching Channel.

Are You Getting Growth Mindset Wrong? is from The HuffPost.


Misinterpreting the Growth Mindset: Why We’re Doing Students a Disservice is by John Hattie.

An Introduction to Growth Mindset from Character Lab on Vimeo.

What If Students Have More Confidence in Growth Mindsets Than Their Teachers? is from Ed Surge.

New Study Suggests That Motivation & Growth Mindset Are Most Important Factors For Student Success

Reduce Bullying by Cultivating Growth Mindsets is from Mindset Works.


Research every teacher should know: growth mindset is from The Guardian.

Praise the effort, not the outcome? Think again is by Carol Dweck.

Bruce Lee is a cult hero to many students, so the article Bruce Lee Used This Ancient Philosophy to Break Through His Limits (and Find Remarkable Success) could be a hit. It appears in Inc., and focuses his having a growth mindset.

Elmo Teaches The Power Of “Yet”

What Do Schools Fostering A Teacher “Growth Mindset” Look Like? is from The Shanker Institute.

New Stanford Study: A Positive Attitude Literally Makes Your Brain Work Better is from Inc.

Results Just Unveiled Of Big New Growth Mindset Study Co-Authored By A Ton Of Well-Known SEL Researchers

How to Integrate Growth Mindset Messages Into Every Part of Math Class is from MindShift.

Important Reminder That We Need To Praise Process To Support A Growth Mindset


Carol Dweck’s New Response To Critiques Of Growth Mindset

New Study Shows Learning About Growth Mindset At Start Of Ninth-Grade Increases Resilience

New Study Finds A Growth Mindset Intervention Effective When It Highlights Impact On Brain

Got Growth Mindset? 5 Pinterest-worthy Ways to Make It Visible in Your Classroom is from Teach Learn Grow.

Study: Promoting growth mindset in teachers may pay dividends for students is from Education Dive.

Growth Mindset In Learning Neglects “Fixed” Mindset In K-12 Math Curriculum Design is from Sunil Singh.

A growth mindset will help you handle setbacks — of any size is from The Seattle Times.

Is Growth Mindset the Missing Piece in the Equity Discussion? is from Ed Surge.

Having a Growth Mindset Makes It Easier to Develop New Interests is from The Harvard Business Review.




STEM faculty who believe ability is fixed have larger racial achievement gaps and inspire less student motivation in their classes is from Science Magazine.


Nurturing a Culture of Growth is from Psychology Today.

Building Growth Mindset in the Classroom: Assignments From Carol Dweck is from Ed Week.


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A Proof Point for the Value of Growth Mindsets is from FutureEd.



Growth Mindset for Mentors is from Mindset Kit.

MindsetWorks offers a number of useful free resources.

Psychologist Carol Dweck: ‘Everyone is a work in progress’ is from The Financial Times.

Here’s how a new study titled “False growth mindsets” is described:

This research snapshot summarizes a project led by Nicholas Buttrick as part of the National Study of Learning Mindsets Early Career Fellowship. In a sample of 9th grade mathematics teachers, the project explores the concept of false growth mindset — a belief that effort alone can lead to improvement regardless of other factors like effective learning strategies and help-seeking.

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