Carol Dweck is a psychologist who researches achievement and success. Her major finding is that those who have a “growth mindset”—those who believe that their abilities are developed through dedication and hard work, not innate talent—are more likely to be resilient when things get tough and persevere to achieve goals (Dweck, 2006).
Many teachers work to teach their students to have a growth mindset by:
School staff can apply this concept to themselves and their peers to help create a culture of growth and improvement throughout the school community. The activity below can be used during staff or grade-level team meetings to help staff begin a discussion about growth mindset.
Citations can be found in the School Guide Bibliography.
Activity courtesy of Chicago Public Schools
Materials: Summary “Carol Dweck on Fixed and Growth Mindset Thinking Among Teachers” by Kim Marshall (one per participant), computer or laptop access for participants if you would like to have them take the Mindset Test.