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.
- 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.”
- 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.“
- 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!