Parents - Growth Mindset
The Key to Success Grit, Angela Lee Duckworth - videoAngela Lee Duckworth, an Assistant Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, studies intangible concepts such as self-control and grit to determine how they might predict both academic and professional success.At age 27, Angela quit her management consulting job to become a math teacher in the NYC public school system. After a while she noticed that her best performing students were not always the smartest ones. She asked herself “what if doing well in school in life depends on much more than [students’] ability to learn quickly and easily?”
What is a growth mindset is, why it is important, and what practices can parents use to support their children in developing this learning belief? This website includes videos, articles, and activities designed to educate parents in how students’ mindsets affect their achievement and how parents promote their child’s mindset through the types of praise they give and through the responses they give when their child makes mistakes.
The Edutopia website provides curated collections of resources related to building the skills, growth mindset, and necessary supports to help young people confront adversity, cope with challenges, and demonstrate perseverance to attain goals. The website provides resources for both parents and educators. Topics addressed include nurturing resilience, promoting growth mindsets, managing stress, learning from mistakes, and responding to trauma and tragedy.
Students with a fixed mindset believe that their own intelligence and talent are innate traits that don’t change (“I just can’t learn math.”). These students typically worry about not looking smart, get upset by mistakes, and give up sooner on tough tasks.