Growth mindset thrives on challenge and sees failure not as evidence of unintelligence but as a heartening springboard for growth and for stretching our existing abilities.
People with a growth mindset are more likely to approach tasks with a learning goal, which leads them to focus on strategies for growth and improvement.
A simple example in real life could be a student fails a math test and immediately assume he is not a “math person”. In this situation, the short-term failure sets him on a long-term path of avoidance. Meanwhile, if a Growth mindset student fails the same test, he more likely sees that failure as something to be improved upon.
Here are the 5 tips for promoting a growth mindset in kids:
No. 1 Help children understand that the brain works like a muscle, it can only grow through hard work, and lots of practice.
No. 2 Don’t tell students they are smart, gifted, or talented since this implies that they were born with the knowledge, and does not encourage effort and growth.
No. 3 Embrace failures and missteps. Sometimes we learn the most when we are failed. Let them know that mistakes are a big part of the learning process. The harder the problem, the more satisfying it is to find the solution.
No. 4 Encourage participation and collaborative group learning. Children learn best when they are allowed to discuss and advance with their peers.
No. 5 Get kids excited about subject matter by explaining why it is important and how it will help them in the future.