Modern Learning and Mindsets

I appreciate Bakersfield P.S’s recent blog post on Modern Learning and Growth Mindsets which echoes some of the work our school team has also been doing.  Here is the post:

What is ‘Modern Learning’?

Modern Learning is authentic, relevant, deep learning that enables learners to create, to connect, to communicate, to share their learning with the world and to be ready for the future. In order to be successful as a learner in the 21st Century, we encourage our students need to adopt a growth mindset.

What is Growth Mindset?
A growth mindset is the understanding that we can develop our abilities and talents. Motivating students and instilling positive habits of mind, such as a willingness to persist, to take responsible risks, and to  question and pose problems, are integral parts of learning. You may be aware of the phrases “fixed mindset” and “growth mindset”. Dr. Carole Dweck coined these phrases in hopes of moving our learning from a fixed mindset to that of a growth mindset. This shift in thinking leads to a focus on learning, increased effort, and a willingness to learn from mistakes.

How do I know if my child has a Fixed or Growth Mindset?
With a Fixed Mindset, students believe that their skills and talents are fixed traits and often resist learning and trying to improve. Students may think “I’m either good at it or I’m not”, “I don’t like to be challenged” or “I give up if I find something difficult”. Alternatively, with a Growth Mindset students may think “I learn from my failures”, “I can learn anything I want to”, “I want to challenge myself” or “I always persevere even when I’m frustrated”. Fortunately, we can promote a Growth Mindset in our students.

Consider trying the following:
1. Let your child know when they demonstrate a Growth Mindset; acknowledge their positive attitude.
2. Praise your child’s effort in the process of an activity (e.g. I am proud that you did not give up).
3. Avoid praising results—this undermines effort by linking approval to the outcome, not the work itself.
4. Embrace failures and mistakes—demonstrate to your child that mistakes are how we learn.

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