Educators need to have a prominent role and motivation for studying shouldn’t come from discipline and what is expected but from the joy of learning. A lot of students come to school without a desire to learn or make accomplishments in life. It is our role to convince these disillusioned passive students into believing they can achieve successful learning for their future.
Our Educators need support and encouragement to face the low ambitions of kids who have never considered their potential. Growth is not simple, it’s not about authority or control, it’s about using our years of experience to help students grow and discover information they would normally not have done on their own. It’s about developing a growth mindset, and this will have a powerful impact overall on my innovation plan for blended learning. Educators will learn how a growth mindset will expand the learning potential for both them and their students.
There are two kinds of mindsets: fixed and growth. People with a fixed tend to see themselves with fixed intelligence and capabilities, whereas people with a growth mindset believe that they can increase their intelligence and improve their capabilities through effort and determination.
A fixed mindset is when we believe we are either good at something or we are not good at it, we see ourselves with fixed intelligence and capabilities. People with a growth mindset believe anyone can be good at anything because they can increase their intelligence and improve their capabilities through effort and determination. This sounds simple, but it’s quite complex. The fixed mindset is the most common and the most harmful, so it is important to have an understanding and consider it’s negative impact.
In the classroom and beyond, real learning occurs when students make an effort to break barriers, accomplish difficult tasks, and learn from mistakes.
Students need a growth mindset to…
Choose learning over looking smart.
Prefer high effort over low effort
Be resilient: profit from mistakes and setbacks
Teachers need a growth mindset to…
Help students fulfill their potential
Fulfill their own potential as educators
To help Educators facilitate a growth mindset in the classroom I will begin by sharing:
Carol Deweck's "The power of believing that you can improve"
Taking On Challenges
Carol Dweck outlines four simple steps to changing your mindset on her website
Step 1. Learn to Hear Your Fixed Mindset "Voice".
Step 2. Recognize that you have a choice.
Step 3. Talk back to it with a growth mindset voice.
Step 4 Take a growth mindset action.
We should all be teaching Growth Mindset principles. How can we teach a growth mindset? There are several resources available which I plan to share with staff so they can incorporate these principle into the classroom. We can begin sharing a growth mindset with students by decorating the classroom.
Our classrooms should be places where people grow and develop belief in their selves. Teachers are there to see the potential in each of their pupils. Growth and learning take dedication and work. As I guide staff I will consider Mindset Works and their resources available for professional learning for a Growth Mindset. A Growth Mindset will have a positive impact on my innovation plan by fostering a growth mindset within the classroom. Teachers can use "Step1" to learn to hear their fixed mindset voice, realize they have a choice "Step2" and then talk back to it with a growth mindset "Step3", and put it into action "Step 4" which will help them fulfill their potential as educators and they can pass it down to students. They will learn to guide students to connect emotionally with their learning journey. What are other ways I can help educators cultivate a growth mindset? I will encourage them to praise students wisely which begins with praising efforts not intelligence. Educators can give kids greater confidence simple by using the word "yet" and changing their mindset. How can they communicate "yet"? Educators can start by establishing a positive relationship for improvement and communicate why mistakes are wonderful. Teachers will need to support a growth mindset in students everyday, resources such as Brainology can provide teachers with instructional strategies and additional tools and resources to put them into practice.
Dweck, C. (2006). MINDSET. Retrieved September 24, 2016, from http://mindsetonline.com/changeyourmindset/firststeps/index.html