Having a Growth Mindset vs a Fixed Mindset

Friday, July 30, 2021 2:02 pm
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Education Specialist Natalie Nicholls joined Mike on Weekdays, to chat about having a growth mindset vs a fixed mindset.

Natalie asked listeners whether they agreed or disagreed with this statement: “In life, we can learn new things but you really can’t change how intelligent you are, you’re born with that.”

People who believe that their skills and intelligence can be developed have a growth mindset. People who have a fixed mindset believe there is nothing they can do to improve their skills.

Carol Dweck, a psychologist, is known as the founder of these two concepts. Her research and evidence shows that a growth mindset helps children learn and achieve more. There are 3 things you can do with your kids to help them develop a growth mindset.

  1. Praise effort not intelligence or outcomes. Kids who are praised for their intelligence are more likely to develop a fixed mindset. For example “You’re so smart, you must have good genes.”  Instead say “You have studied well, you must have worked hard.”
  2. Power of the word yet. Add the word yet, onto the end of anything we can’t do for example “I can’t read this word…yet.
  3. See failure as an opportunity to learn. If your child doesn’t do well at something, try to help them understand how they can improve.

What do you think of having a growth mindset vs a fixed mindset. Let us know your thoughts and questions by texting or messaging us on socials. Listen to the full chat below!

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