Growth Mindset

November 10, 2016

In Mrs. Rosner’s activity class we have adopted Mindset Mondays into our weekly routine. Every Monday we discuss Mindsets, the established set of attitudes held by someone.  Some believe in fixed mindsets, where people believe their basic qualities, like their intelligence or talent, are simply fixed traits. They believe they are either good or aren’t good at something, based on their inherent nature. Where people in a growth mindset believe anyone can be good at anything, because their abilities are entirely due to their actions.  

The core belief behind growth mindset is that all abilities are malleable and not fixed. When you challenge yourself with a hard task your brain muscle grows and strengthens. When a person with a growth mindset is facing a task and struggling, they would say “I have not learned this yet.”  Growth mindset is all about the “yet”. Just because you don’t know something right this moment doesn’t mean you won’t learn it down the road. If you feel you are a fixed mindset that itself isn’t fixed. You can change your mindset just by thinking it through.

The focus of Mindset Mondays is to encourage students to think differently about their failures. Rather than a failure defining you allow it be a temporary setback and learn from it.