Growth Mindset

Students who believe their intelligence is not "fixed" and can be improved are said to have a "growth mindset." Below are the latest stories and Commentaries on this concept, including archives and special reports.

—Jori Bolton for Education Week

Mindset in the Classroom: A National Study of K-12 Teachers

Based on exclusive results from an original national survey, this Education Week Research Center report examines the concept of growth mindset as well as key misconceptions that could undermine its effectiveness. (September 21, 2016)

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Spotlight on Growth Mindset

In this Spotlight, read how schools are embracing social-emotional learning, nurturing growth mindsets, and creating classroom opportunities for meaningful struggle.

Spotlight on Social-Emotional Learning 2018

While barriers remain, educators are forging paths toward implementing social-emotional learning in all schools. In this Spotlight, learn how schools are responding to students' developmental needs, the challenges of carrying out SEL, and how to find time for social-emotional learning in the classroom.

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How much do you know about how schools are promoting social-emotional learning, how teachers can encourage growth mindsets, and how educators are raising achievement through efforts to motivate students?

Video: The Journey to a Growth Mindset

Video: What Is a Growth Mindset?

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Growth Mindset Blogs
Explore how teaching students about their brain plasticity helps them realize their ability to grow and learn — rather than remain in a fixed mindset.

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Educators at a Los Angeles-area high school believe teaching students to "fail productively" will equip them for success in the long run.
June 5, 2014 – Education Week
The only motivation most students get from rewards is the motivation to get more rewards, writes teacher Steve Gardiner.
May 1, 2014 – Education Week
Researchers at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association shared some practical strategies for teaching students that intelligence is not immutable.
April 16, 2014 – Education Week
The concept aims to raise academic expectations by teaching students and teachers how to think of intelligence as something that can be improved through effort and experimentation.
September 11, 2013 – Education Week
When children are taught to avoid making mistakes at all costs, they grow up afraid to take risks and be creative, says Alina Tugend.
May 18, 2011 – Education Week
For years, academically gifted children were thought to fit neatly into a category. But developmental psychologists are learning that people who are gifted are not categorized quite so neatly.
October 15, 2008 – Education Week

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