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How to Establish a Growth Mindset Culture in Your Classroom
Written by Josh Satterfield on August 22nd 2019
Carol Dweck's book titled, Mindset provides its readers with a clear understanding between a fixed and growth mindset. She explains students' mindsets - the way they perceive their abilities - fall somewhere between the mindsets cited below:
Fixed Mindset — Students believe their skills, talents and overall intelligence are fixed traits. They may resist learning and trying to improve, typically feeling embarrassed when not understanding something.

Growth Mindset — Students know they can develop their skills and talents through effort and persistence, as well as being receptive to lessons and feedback. They generally believe they can improve through hard work and trying new learning methods.

Knowing the difference between the mindsets as an educator is one thing. However, to what extent do our students understand the difference between fixed vs growth mindset? I believe that mindset instruction should be apart of our pacing guide and embedded in all we do.

It's essential that students understand that it is okay to make mistakes because that is what successful people do more than those who are less successful. We need to empower our students with the phrase, "Not yet."

In a growth mindset classroom, students realize when they get a question wrong they are not a bad student, however, they just need to reflect and try again using a new strategy. In a growth mindset classroom, we celebrate effort and perseverance not correct answers. We award those that say, "I don't get this, yet! But, I'll keep at it."

It's critical that we give students permission to fail forward in our classrooms, and the only way to do this is if we teach and model it ourselves. I have done this in my classroom by sharing famous quotes and stories of well-known people that failed forward. These famous people did not let their obstacles stop them from their destination.

Below, you'll find a FREE Growth Mindset Slides download to share with your students. These posters provide you with inspirational quotes that will begin great discussions about mindsets in your classroom. Use one per week and create a journaling routine around mindset each Monday.

Download the FREE Growth Mindset Slides here! 

Extra information about Mindset:
If you use ClassDojo, then you are in luck! They have a great series of episodes that provide a storyline that's plot is focused on this topic, too. I highly suggest the ClassDojo resource if you're in a K-5 elementary setting.

About Author: Josh Satterfield

Josh Satterfield is the founder of the Teacher's Playbook. In addition to being your Math Workshop coach, Josh is currently a 5th-grade teacher and high school boys’ basketball coach in Southeastern Michigan. Josh was born into an entrepreneurial family, and quickly gained a love for continual growth and success. His family always pushed me to dream big and work towards my goals, so that’s what I’ve tried to do throughout my life.
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