Having a growth mindset means believing that one’s abilities can be improved through effort and dedication. In contrast, individuals with a fixed mindset believe that their talents and intelligence are innate and cannot be changed. Students with a growth mindset are more likely to persist in the face of setbacks, embrace challenges, and see mistakes as opportunities to learn.
Research has shown that students with a growth mindset are more engaged, motivated, and likely to revise their work. They also perform better on standardized tests, have higher GPAs, and are more likely to succeed in high school and college.
To help educators learn more about growth mindset, we offer a free Growth Mindset Toolkit. This self-contained professional development session includes a facilitator’s guide with sample agendas, a slide presentation, an animation demonstrating the critical role of growth mindset, video interviews with students who have seen dramatic improvements, practical strategies, reflection activities, and a planning exercise. The majority of these items are fully editable, allowing teachers to customise the session to their needs.
By downloading and using the Growth Mindset Toolkit, teachers can help their students develop a growth mindset and cultivate the belief that they can improve their abilities with effort and perseverance. This can have a positive impact on their academic performance, engagement, and overall success.
Why download the free Growth Mindset Toolkit?
The growth mindset toolkit is a self-contained professional development session (a “PD-in-a-Box”) built to ensure that teachers have a positive experience while learning more about growth mindset. We have developed and extensively tested the toolkit to ensure that it is as helpful as possible to educators, and we welcome your feedback about further refinements we can make.
The toolkit contains:
- Facilitators guide with sample agendas
- Slide presentation to guide you through the session
- Animation showing the critical role growth mindset plays for children over the long term, that it can be taught, and the mindset needed to actually teach it
- Video interviews with students who saw dramatic improvements after learning specific growth mindset strategies in school
- Practical strategies and sample ways to use them that teachers can implement immediately
- Suggested reflection activities and a practical planning exercise
- Handout with all of the key session content, plus extra implementation examples, that teachers can take with them
Growth mindset graphic courtesy of Nigel Holmes; praise video courtesy of Trevor Ragan at Championship Basketball School.