The importance of a growth mindset for students cannot be underestimated. Students are more likely to succeed with their studies if they develop a growth mindset compared to having that of a fixed mindset.
So what is mindset?
Mindset is the established set of ideas and attitudes held by someone. Someone’s mindset will determine the way they behave, their attitude and outlook on life and what’s going on around them.
The kind of mindset a student has can really alter the way they approach everyday life and study. The good news is that ones mindset is not set in stone and there are things you can do or change to shift your mindset to ensure you get the most out of study and life.
Different mindsets – fixed v growth
There are two different mindsets often discussed and outlined below are the basic differences between them when it comes to students and their learning.
Those students with a fixed mindset often process a belief that their talent and intelligence is fixed and incapable of being changed or improved. With a fixed mindset they often:
- ignore constructive criticism
- have a negative internal dialogue with themselves
- they don’t like to ask questions in case it makes them look stupid
- use the words ‘I can’t’ a lot
- give up quickly and particularly if something is hard or challenging
- avoid challenges
- they don’t want to look like failures.
Students with a growth mindset typically believe they can grow their intelligence, are motivated and keen to learn. Those with a growth mindset usually:
- see mistakes and feedback as an opportunity to learn
- actively pursue difficult things
- seek new challenges
- use the phrase ‘I can’t yet’
- have a positive internal dialogue with themselves
- if something is challenging they persevere.
So which mindset would your rather your child have?
I’m sure you can now see why developing a growth mindset for students is the way to go and how it is important for not only their studies but life as well.
To begin the process of fostering a growth mindset with our children (no matter what age) we need to catch them when they are thinking or speaking with a fixed mindset and assist to revise those patterns more towards a growth mindset.
If you need assistance to assist your child with their mindset and ensuring it is a growth one please get in touch as this is something I regularly work with individual or groups of students on – get in touch firstname.lastname@example.org