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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”:
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.
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
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.
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:
#ndedchat Love this graphic someone tweeted a few weeks ago on “growth mindset” vs. “fixed mindset” pic.twitter.com/DY7Rl2TQ3M
— Aileen Swenson (@MrsASwenson) November 21, 2013
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.
Love this #GrowthMindset #Attitude pic.twitter.com/OWu0jGPuYF
— Dr. Steve Gray (@sgray_NCSD) April 9, 2014
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
Teaching Girls to Adopt a Growth Mindset http://t.co/imTddlMGFi #growthmindset pic.twitter.com/Rrhtu0zw3m
— JackieGerstein Ed.D. (@jackiegerstein) September 26, 2014
Growth mindset and the educator. pic.twitter.com/6cn6JA3VmZ #Satchat #sunchat #edchat #edtech
— Teacher (@Primary_Ed) November 9, 2014
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.
Particularly good expl. of growth #mindset & how to encourage it in others by @chrishildrew Must become core belief https://t.co/qaccbhIx3k
— Karen HuxtableJester (@drkarenhj) May 31, 2015
Growth Mindset – More Evidence is from Alex Quigley.
Much work on growth mindset conflicts with actions in school, says @PsychologyMarc #NRocks2015 pic.twitter.com/8EmYgZ2tV6 — David Weston (@informed_edu) June 13, 2015
How can you help your students develop a #growthmindset? One way is to praise the process, not the person. http://t.co/bOTwJIyTRq
— PERTS (@pertslab) June 11, 2015
New blog post and special announcement! “PERTS and @raisebarparents Release Growth Mindset Mini-Course for Parents.” http://t.co/RadTKPYAdx — PERTS (@pertslab) June 10, 2015
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:
Praise the taking on of challenge, perseverance, new strategies, recovery from setbacks, says Dweck. Also praise improvement and learning.
— David Weston (@informed_edu) June 19, 2015
Why the ‘false growth mindset’ explains so much is from The Learning Spy. The Mindset Journey is from Drowning in the Shallow.
Blog post on our new #mindset intervention paper: What we did, what we found, and what’s next! @davepaunesku http://t.co/NkRNtZIhle — PERTS (@pertslab) June 15, 2015
Very useful for anyone interested in Growth Mindsets https://t.co/h0YJpu8WcY
— Carl Hendrick (@C_Hendrick) June 14, 2015
Math educators! @joboaler has developed a week of math lessons and #growthmindset videos: https://t.co/3mrdndn0pB https://t.co/S5HaESKAZ6 — PERTS (@pertslab) June 1, 2015
@Larryferlazzo #growthmindset researchers would agree that belief by itself is insufficient. http://t.co/PpqMtHYuAM, http://t.co/mbvPbGYq2v.
— David Dockterman (@dockterman) May 11, 2015
Have you uploaded your #growthmindset techniques to the Practice Library yet? Share with your peers here: http://t.co/Boi4NDmDhX — PERTS (@pertslab) May 12, 2015
Quote Of The Day: Carol Dweck On “Nagging”
How does a #growthmindset lead to higher achievement? Learn about the evidence here. http://t.co/eeq4D3XhzK
— PERTS (@pertslab) June 23, 2015
5 tips for instilling a growth mindset culture in your classroom. #growthmindset pic.twitter.com/lL1OrhmaKT #edchat #edtech #EYTalking #SLTchat — Teacher (@Primary_Ed) June 23, 2015
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.
Growth Mindset and Testing/The Hunger Games. http://t.co/eVcabNJYjG #hungergames #mindsets #PBIS #charactered #SEL #schoolclimate #climate
— Learning Solutions (@CollabLearnSol) July 22, 2015
The Iceberg Illusion: An excellent illustration of Growth Mindset via @sylviaduckworth #ILA15 pic.twitter.com/HUBA6Vurng — Lee Araoz (@LeeAraoz) July 17, 2015
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.
Growth Mindset: Clearing up Some Common Confusions by @eduardobricen0 https://t.co/7PYrLg97qe pic.twitter.com/wrDGAnZ2Tm — MindShift (@MindShiftKQED) November 16, 2015
Four questions that encourage growth mindset among students https://t.co/5yABKYoEIG < well worth a read
— Guardian Education (@GuardianEdu) November 15, 2015
Carol Dweck: “Keep trying, you can do it” is nagging, Instead ask “What have you tried, what strategy shall we try next?” #ewaMotivation — Stanford Education (@StanfordEd) November 11, 2015
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.
After Dweck said this week growth mindset had “run amok”, @tombennett71 in @tes on genuine growth mindset is superb pic.twitter.com/8phICiVTNy
— Ben (@MrBenWard) January 15, 2016
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.
#LB2016 effort is part of the story, but not the whole plot. #Dweck #growthmindset pic.twitter.com/PWwHlBLNUG
— Brainology (@Brainology) February 13, 2016
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
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.
I love this! We talked about using the word “yet” at our teacher in service last week too! pic.twitter.com/OgTUv0CTqN
— Stacy Sedory (@SedoryAP) September 4, 2016
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
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.
I love this poster on developing a growth mindset community from @joboaler, @FeldsteinShelah, and @mathschristine.
— Robert Kaplinsky (@robertkaplinsky) June 17, 2017
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.
We’re familiar with Growth Mindset in #D123 but have you ever thought about how it applies to our ELs? @MawiAsgedom pic.twitter.com/Zii2ChTwtR
— Angela Goetz (@angiegoetz_el) December 23, 2017
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”
— #teachergoals 🍎 (@teachergoals) February 3, 2018
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.
#Teachers, are you looking for #growthmindset videos to share with your #students? Check out @MindsetWorks video library at https://t.co/f4eHYISGY1 #BackToSchool2018 #educators #learn #edchat #edchatie pic.twitter.com/9GRujK5fyL
— Mindset Works (@MindsetWorks) August 29, 2018
Having a Growth Mindset Makes It Easier to Develop New Interests is from The Harvard Business Review.
But as the authors themselves point out, small effects may be educationally important if they cost little to achieve. Moreover, the meta-analysis did not consider important moderators of effect such as age, and the sensitivity of outcome measures to the effects of instruction…
— Dylan Wiliam (@dylanwiliam) November 8, 2018
STUDENT-WRITTEN GROWTH MINDSET STORIES
HERE ARE EXAMPLES OF WHAT STUDENTS WROTE ABOUT A GROWTH MINDSET
STEM faculty who believe ability is fixed have larger racial achievement gaps and inspire less student motivation in their classes is from Science Magazine.
THIS QUOTE IS A GREAT ONE FOR SHOWING THE IMPORTANCE OF A GROWTH MINDSET
When we praise children for their intelligence, we tell them that this is the name of the game: Look smart, don’t risk making mistakes.
— willunfollowforfood (@iunfollowanyway) April 2, 2019
Nurturing a Culture of Growth is from Psychology Today.
Building Growth Mindset in the Classroom: Assignments From Carol Dweck is from Ed Week.
TWO FREE ONLINE PROGRAMS FOR TEACHERS & STUDENTS – ONE ON STUDENT ENGAGEMENT & THE OTHER ON GROWTH MINDSET
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Great way to show the differences in a short and sweet display! Thanks for contributing to the growth mindset community! https://t.co/luTSUru1sc
— Mindset Works (@MindsetWorks) July 11, 2019
RESULTS OF BIGGEST MINDSET STUDY FINDS POSITIVE IMPACT
IN DEFENSE OF CAROL DWECK (a thread):
Given the current discussion about Carol Dweck and growth mindsets, I’d like to add my two cents. Of course, I’m COMPLETELY unbiased, since she has been my mentor and friend for almost 15 years. (1/12) pic.twitter.com/8UVpEytDZk
— Dr. Allison Master (@AllisonMaster) August 9, 2019
A Proof Point for the Value of Growth Mindsets is from FutureEd.
VERY INTERESTING VIDEO: “HOW TO STAY MOTIVATED – THE LOCUS RULE”
THIS IS PROBABLY THE BEST & MOST ACCESSIBLE REVIEW OF GROWTH MINDSET RESEARCH THAT YOU’RE GOING TO FIND
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.
NOT ONLY CAN IT BE MOTIVATING TO HAVE A GROWTH MINDSET, BUT NEW STUDIES FIND LEARNING ABOUT OTHERS WHO HAVE IT CAN BE MOTIVATING, TOO
Growth Mindset vs. Fixed + Key Takeaways From Dweck’s Book is from Positive Psychology.
HIGHLIGHTING SCIENTISTS WHO SUCCEEDED MORE THROUGH EFFORT THAN BRILLIANCE ENHANCES STUDENT MOTIVATION IN SCIENCE
YOU WON’T FIND A BETTER GROWTH MINDSET QUOTE THAN THIS ONE FROM A RUGBY STAR
6 Ways a Crisis Can Help You Cultivate a Growth Mindset is from the Harvard Business Review.
A growth mindset of interest can spark innovative thinking is from Eureka Alert.
Nurturing students’ growth mindset—Lessons from research is from the International Baccalaureate.
Big New Report On Growth Mindset Benefits
— Mareika Smith (@MareikaSmith) May 13, 2021
Set yourself free by developing a growth mindset toward anxiety is from Psyche. I am sometimes wary of offering a growth mindset as a cure-all, but it’s an interesting article.
Teacher Mindsets Help Explain Where a Growth-Mindset Intervention Does and Doesn’t Work is from Psychological Science.
Why growth mindset – of the teacher – matters so much https://t.co/UqQMtU5hCu
— Angela Duckworth (@angeladuckw) February 14, 2022
Here’s a line from Reading Struggle Stories of Role Models Can Improve Students’ Growth Mindsets (this study is not behind a paywall):
These findings reveal that reading struggle stories of role models can improve the growth mindsets of undergraduates and graduates.
Testing Growth Mindsets in Real Classrooms is from Psychology Today.
Growth-Mindset Intervention Delivered by Teachers Boosts Achievement in Early Adolescence is a new study.
Changing Mindsets Can Protect Teens from Stress is from Psychology Today.
Nicely done pre-registered growth-mindset intervention study w/ teachers managing the intervention. https://t.co/nbFC9bCeAU
— Daniel Willingham (@DTWillingham) July 16, 2022
This next resource looks particularly interesting, though it’s a year old and I can’t believe I’m just learning about it: Carol Dweck and David Yeager initiated something they’re calling a Global Mindset Initiative last year with the publication of several open access papers.
One paper the two of them coauthored: Global Mindset Initiative Introduction: Envisioning the Future of Growth Mindset Research in Education
Global Mindset Initiative Paper 1: Growth Mindset Cultures and Teacher Practices
Global Mindset Initiative Working Paper 2: Designing an Intervention to Motivate Growth Mindset-Supportive Teaching Practices is another one.
Global Mindset Initiative Paper 3: Measuring Growth Mindset Classroom Cultures
I learned about them through a good article in Greater Good Magazine, How to Create the Right Environment for Students to Develop a Growth Mindset.
Growth Mindset is from Character Lab.
A systematic review and meta-analysis of growth mindset interventions: For whom, how, and why might such interventions work? https://t.co/LqG0Rl6L7q
— Paul Bruno (@Paul__Bruno) October 15, 2022
The Myths and Facts Teachers Need to Know About Growth Mindset is from Ed Week.
This Twitter thread is essential reading for anyone interested in a Growth Mindset.
PROOF POINTS: Does growth mindset matter? The debate heats up is from The Hechinger Report.
My latest for American Educator examines the evidence on growth mindset. My take:
1. Theory is right
2. Effect is small
3. Interventions can change it (on avg., obv.) but it is NOT easy
4. Said change is sensitive to context (chars of school, tchr) https://t.co/nplddHW5TM
— Daniel Willingham (@DTWillingham) December 7, 2022
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Thank you for putting this all together! Mindset has been THE most influential book in my teaching, and I’ve been working hard to help my students develop growth mindsets. Wonderful to have a repository for these resources!
Great stuff! Thanks for sharing.
This is great. Thank you so much for putting this together and sharing it! I will begin my first year of teaching next school year and I am so glad I stumbled upon this research. I will definitely try to instill growth mindset in all the students I have the privilege of teaching!
Thank you. This is a really useful collection of resources.