Growth Mindset
Posted on 09/12/2019

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What is Growth Mindset?

The term 'growth mindset' refers to a way of thinking, learning and taking on challenges. A person with a growth mindset is open to constructive criticism, takes feedback and uses it, takes on new challenges, pushes themselves outside of their comfort zone. They show resilience and perseverance

Growth mindset is the belief that you can grow your abilities - even in areas where you struggle.

In the STEAM Lab, students participate in a variety of activities that are meant to grow these skills.

Focus is on effort and hard work and not on "talent" or innate strengths, or even success. Students learn that failure often leads to greater solutions or new discoveries, and is common or even expected.

What are you communicating to your child?

Growth Mindset vs. Fixed Mindset

Say This...

Not That...

"I can see you worked so hard on this!" "You are so smart!"
"It seems like it's time to try a new strategy." "It's okay. Maybe you're just not cut out for this!"
"I like watching you do that." "You're a natural at that."
"It looks like that was too easy for you. Let's find you something challenging so your brain can grow." "That's right! You did that so quickly and easily; great job!"
"That's not right. You don't understand this yet. What strategies can you try to understand it better?" "That's not right. Are you paying attention in class? It seems
"That was really hard. Your effort has paid off! Next time you'll be ready for this kind of challenge." "That was really hard. I'm so glad it's over and you don't have to do that again."
"You've worked hard to become a good writer. You should challenge yourself with an advanced class and learn something you don't know yet. " "You have a real talent for writing. You should take a creative writing class because you're so good at it."

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