This week, I would like to focus on the two different mindsets that we commonly see in our students. Through her research, Dr. Carol Dweck noticed patterns between our students with fixed mindsets and students with growth mindsets. Our students who choose a fixed mindset display feelings of frustration when they are confronted with challenges. Often times, they will shut down and stop trying. When students choose a growth mindset, they embrace challenges and persevere in solving problems.
The graphic on our new growth mindset home page in the Just For Teachers Community is a great illustration of how our students respond to different situations with each mindset. So many times we will hear: “She is just lazy” or “He just doesn’t care.” While that may seem so, as we look at the graphic, we realize that it’s a mindset and it can be changed.
A video that I would like to share with you that really helped me understand the two mindsets is “The Power of Belief.” This is a Ted Talk video by Eduardo Briceño, the CEO of Mindset Works. I hope you find this as powerful as “The Power of Yet”.
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About the author: Melanie Weitz serves as the Florida Department of Education’s teacher liaison. Before joining the department, Melanie taught fifth grade for seven years in the Tampa area.