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Fostering a Growth Mindset

Marked learning and development necessitates struggle.  The fruits of confidence and self-esteem are earned through taking risks, overcoming setbacks, and achieving success.  The willingness to put forth this kind of effort is termed as having a “growth mindset,” as opposed to a “fixed mindset” about intelligence.

According to Dr. Carol Dweck of Stanford University, most people mistakenly believe that they are either smart or not.  In reality, her many years of research have shown that people with a “growth mindset” – those who believe that embracing challenge and being tenacious throughout the learning process – make great gains. Unfortunately, those with a “fixed mindset” tend to choose to do only those tasks that require little effort to accomplish, and therefore intellectual gains for them are minimal.

Mr. Volker and I will be discussing this and other topics at our “Coffees with the Heads” in October.  Please plan to join us.

Posted by pvolker on Sunday September, 28, 2014

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