Having a positive mindset or a “Growth Mindset”, allows us to believe that we can learn and improve even when things are difficult. Having a "fixed mindset" shuts us down when it is difficult and has us seek what is easy because it is what we know. Through educational research, we have discovered that we must develop a growth mindset to improve and progress in our learning especially when things are difficult for us. If we only look for what's easy we don't learn anything new. By developing this attitude and willingness to learn in our youth, they learn to persevere in their learning and develop their self-confidence in all that they do.
We can all make a difference for our children and help them have a growth mindset. It can be as simple as watching the way we talk to them about their learning. Do we praise their effort and perseverance? If a learning strategy isn't working for them, what are they doing instead? Are they trying something else or do they shut down? Are they learning from their mistakes or are they becoming discouraged when they make mistakes?
We must teach them that mistakes are good. Mistakes help us learn. Just like when learning to play the piano or playing a sport, the more you practice a growth mindset the better you get. Help your child develop their growth mindset! Teach them to think with a growth mindset....
Fixed Mindset vs Growth Mindset: What can I say to myself?