Whether you've been in school for several weeks or half of the year, it is never too late to create a growth mindset classroom community! Building a better understanding of growth mindset is key!
Teachers words and actions in the classroom carry a lot of weight as to whether or not students develop a growth mindset.
The following are ideas to help you ensure you’re fostering a growth mindset learning environment.
- Believe that all students can achieve at high levels.
- Give equitable access to advanced learning experiences for all students.
- Students and teachers believe in the ability to develop intelligence; explain to students that the brain can grow and make stronger connections.
- Instruct students on cultivating perseverance, resiliency, and grit. (This is ongoing. Each new challenge might require it from them.)
- Base your praise on effort, process, and strategies used.
- Failure is looked at in a positive light. What can be learned from the error?
- It's okay to make mistakes!
To help better communicate with students and parents, you can send notes home telling how your student is showing a growth mindset!
In my Resource Library, I have FREE positive mindset notes just for you! These cards are an easy way to honor students' efforts in maintaining a growth mindset! (If you are new to my blog, sign up for access to my Resource Library below.)
Interested in more notes, use these 40 individual notes with messages that are a perfect way to communicate with parents! Just print on bright colored paper, cut and hand them out! Click here to check them out!
I hope that this helps get you started in thinking about ways that you encourage a growth mindset in your classroom!
I strongly believe that having a growth mindset is a ticket to building up successful students!
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Leave a comment below sharing with me what you do to help encourage a growth mindset in your classroom.
Growth mindset is new to me and I’d definitely love to read more blogposts about it.
Yay! I plan to write more posts about it. Glad they will be of value to you!
We set learning goals & keep track of how we are making steps to reach them. I also try to give out positive growth mindset notes home when I can too.
Christine Roesler says
Go noodle is great for growth mindset, plus I have lots of books that are great conversation starters!
christina purvis says
We have a class meeting to introduce how our brain will grow. I write out ways we can change negative thoughts (“it’s too hard”) to positive growth thoughts ( “this is new and I just need to practice more, then it gets easy”).
Yes! Giving students new ways to frame their thinking is important!
We have a Morning Meeting every day.
I love morning meetings! They are the best way to have heartfelt conversations with students!
Kristi Zonnefeld says
Encouragement is vital to learning. You said your cards are free, but when I checked they were not???
Hi Kristi, I have two resources. One is free and one is a paid resource. If you sign up for my newsletter at the bottom of the blog post, you will be a member of my Resource Library. The notes in the library are free. I apologize for the confusion.
I’ve been teaching about growth mindset for a few years now and really see the effects for my students. I love showing the videos on Class Dojo as an introduction to the idea and having whole class conversations about them afterward. You should definitely check it out!
Perseverance and a positive attitude are so important!