‘Growth Mindset Starts With Us, Not With Them’ is the first post in a two-part series at my Education Week Teacher column.
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:
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:
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:
Changing Teens’ Mindsets on Social Aggression is a useful Ed Week article.
‘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:
— 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.
— Dr. Steve Gray (@sgray_NCSD) April 9, 2014
New Research: Students Benefit from Learning That Intelligence Is Not Fixed is from MindShift.
— JackieGerstein Ed.D. (@jackiegerstein) September 26, 2014
— Teacher (@Primary_Ed) November 9, 2014
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.
— Karen HuxtableJester (@drkarenhj) May 31, 2015
Growth Mindset – More Evidence is from Alex Quigley.
— PERTS (@pertslab) June 11, 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
Very useful for anyone interested in Growth Mindsets https://t.co/h0YJpu8WcY
— Carl Hendrick (@C_Hendrick) June 14, 2015
— David Dockterman (@dockterman) May 11, 2015
— PERTS (@pertslab) June 23, 2015
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.
— Learning Solutions (@CollabLearnSol) July 22, 2015
When Pupils Talk in Absolutes: Understanding Mindset though Self-Narrative is by Sarah Donarski.
Four questions that encourage growth mindset among students https://t.co/5yABKYoEIG < well worth a read
— Guardian Education (@GuardianEdu) November 15, 2015
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.
— Ben (@MrBenWard) January 15, 2016
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.
— Brainology (@Brainology) February 13, 2016
Nurturing Growth Mindsets: Six Tips From Carol Dweck is from Ed Week.
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
3 Myths of Mindset is by Dan Haesler.
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:
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.
Growth mindset: practical tips you may not have tried yet is from The Guardian.
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.
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.
— Robert Kaplinsky (@robertkaplinsky) June 17, 2017
Misinterpreting the Growth Mindset: Why We’re Doing Students a Disservice is by John Hattie.
Reduce Bullying by Cultivating Growth Mindsets is from Mindset Works.
— 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.
— #teachergoals 🍎 (@teachergoals) February 3, 2018
What Do Schools Fostering A Teacher “Growth Mindset” Look Like? is from The Shanker Institute.
How to Integrate Growth Mindset Messages Into Every Part of Math Class is from MindShift.
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
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.
If you’ve found this list helpful, you might want to consider subscribing to this blog for free.
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
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.
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.
Growth Mindset vs. Fixed + Key Takeaways From Dweck’s Book is from Positive Psychology.
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.
— 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.
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
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
You might want to also view the over nine hundred other “The Best…” lists.