The idea of a growth mindset was developed by psychologist Carol Dweck and expanded upon in her book, Mindset: The New Psychology of Success. In it, Dweck details the differences between having a fixed mindset and a growth mindset. It’s especially useful in the classroom.
When students have a fixed mindset, they believe that their intelligence is fixed — and that talent alone is responsible for success. But with a growth mindset, students can be taught by their teachers to understand that they can learn and improve with work and practice. Grit, in other words.
We love supporting teachers in their efforts to teach and reinforce a growth mindset in their students. Many of us (including myself) were not shown the benefits of a growth mindset at an early age, and so helping teachers encourage students in a growth mindset is a true labor of love.
We’ve chosen a motivational quote to inspire students at the beginning of the year to not be afraid of making mistakes. It has been shortened a bit from the original.
This freebie is a quote from Neil Gaiman, one of the creators of modern comics:
“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things….
Make glorious, amazing mistakes.”
Growth mindset coloring page for back to school
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