Growth Mindset

Education news, analysis, and opinion about students’ beliefs about their abilities
Carol Dweck Revisits the 'Growth Mindset'
Carol Dweck, who parsed the difference between a "fixed" and a "growth" mindset, clarifies her theories of intelligence.
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Student Well-Being Opinion The Myths and Facts Teachers Need to Know About Growth Mindset
Everyone thinks they have a growth mindset, but beware of these pitfalls.
Mary Murphy, October 19, 2022
4 min read
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Student Well-Being 'Growth Mindset' Linked to Higher Test Scores, Student Well-Being in Global Study
The first global study of "growth mindset" found both academic benefits and better well-being among students who think intelligence is not fixed.
Sarah D. Sparks, April 9, 2021
4 min read
Common Language
School & District Management Opinion 5 Words That Are Commonly Used But NOT Commonly Understood
In schools, we have a common language around words like "growth mindset," but we do not have a common understanding of what those words mean.
Peter DeWitt, March 14, 2021
7 min read
Student Well-Being Spotlight Spotlight on Forging Student Connections & Growth Mindsets
In this Spotlight, discover ways to foster a growth mindset to re-connect and engage with students.
February 12, 2021
Education Opinion Why Leaders Need to Develop Their Own Growth Mindset
Harvard's Richard Elmore has pointed out the "catastrophe" that is educational leadership preparation. We can all look to practice communities like Peloton to develop our skills, practice, and mindsets to help remedy that.
Peter DeWitt, November 15, 2020
6 min read
Education Carol Dweck on Nurturing Students' Growth Mindsets Through Protest and Pandemic
Growth mindsets are an important tool for battling racial bias in the classroom and helping students through difficulties posed by the pandemic.
Arianna Prothero, September 15, 2020
3 min read
Education Opinion Three Teacher-Tested Ways to Encourage a Growth Mindset
How to show homework isn't punishment and other effective ways to build a growth-mindset class culture during distance learning, according to research.
Ask a Psychologist Contributor, July 22, 2020
2 min read
Education Opinion Stress Can Lead to Student Failure. New Research Offers a Path for Success
When students are overwhelmed, their schoolwork suffers. But two growth-mindset researchers, Jamie M. Carroll and David Yeager, say teachers can help increase kids' resilience.
Ask a Psychologist Contributor, July 15, 2020
3 min read
Education Opinion How Teachers Can Build a Growth-Mindset Classroom, Even at a Distance
Distance learning makes it hard to tell if students are using a growth mindset. Here's how to tell, in this guest blog by Jamie M. Carroll and David Yeager.
Ask a Psychologist Contributor, July 8, 2020
2 min read
Student Well-Being Growth Mindset in a Pandemic: Teachers Talk About Building Resilience in Students
Teachers in the Texas Mindset Initiative talk about how they are trying to help students learn and grow from a period of dramatic and disruptive change.
Sarah D. Sparks, May 29, 2020
6 min read
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Curriculum Reported Essay The Myth Fueling Math Anxiety
One in 4 teachers feel anxious doing math. This is having a big impact on what happens in the classroom.
Sarah D. Sparks, January 7, 2020
6 min read
Student Well-Being Anxiety Can Make Kids Avoid Math. Here's How They Can Talk Through the Fear
New research suggests anxiety can make students avoid engaging in math, even when they could gain big rewards from doing so. But a separate study also offers a simple way teachers can help math-anxious students build confidence.
Sarah D. Sparks, December 19, 2019
4 min read
A student participates in an online survey about his beliefs about learning as part of an intervention designed to improve students’ academic mindsets.
A student participates in an online survey about his beliefs about learning as part of an intervention designed to improve students’ academic mindsets.
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Student Achievement National Study Bolsters Case for Teaching 'Growth Mindset'
A national study of nearly 12,500 9th graders finds that two sessions of a 25-minute exercise on “growth mindset” can boost students’ grades and their willingness to take on challenging classes.
Sarah D. Sparks, August 7, 2019
8 min read
Teaching Opinion I Am a Badass and So Are You
If you're looking for a good read and to start shifting your consciousness around some of the sticky areas of your life, I strongly recommend this book. This way you can be the best badass version of yourself.
Starr Sackstein, August 1, 2019
2 min read