Fostering a Growth Mindset

Fostering a Growth Mindset
Tara Carnright

ES teachers have continued to tackle how to help our students develop a "growth mindset" which has been linked to greater academic achievement. 

One of the big initiatives in education over the last five years has been this idea of a building a "Growth Mindset," and how teachers can make greater strides in helping our students to promote this way of thinking. This term is basically synonymous to believing in oneself and adopting self-talk practices that will encourage you to keep trying, even when tasks appear too challenging or goals unattainable. The notion of self-talk is nothing new to psychologists and counsellors; for decades many of us have worked with clients or students to help them change their "internal scripts," or what they tell themselves, which would then (fingers crossed) manifest into positive behavioral changes. It's what student's tell themselves that can make the difference whether or not they persevere, or choose to give up. However, as caregivers, we certainly lay the foundation for how our student's or children develop this mindset and are perhaps the most important influencers in this respect. 

Recently, ES teachers were given a brief presentation recently on Growth Mindset as sort of a re-introduction to the term and activities that can support its development in the classroom. Please check out the presentation below for a look at some of the ideas and topics that were discussed!

Parents, if you are interested in learning more about how you can help your children develop a Growth Mindset, here is a fabulous resource with additional links to articles and videos. I've also found an awesome graphic (see below) that gives a general overview for parents if you're keen to adopt some strategies. 

As always, I am a huge fan of using literature to teach about more abstract concepts, and luckily our library has a TON of books that demonstrate a Growth Mindset, and feature characters that choose not to give up. If you click on the library link, and type in this term into the catalogue search bar, many relevant books will appear for elementary aged students. 

Have a wonderful holiday break, a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

~Ms. Carnright

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