Want the Secret of Success for Your Children: A Growth Mindset

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Carol Dweck, professor of psychology at Stanford University is renowned for her work on a psychological trait called a Growth Mindset. This phrase is one which few seem to know about or understand.

Today, I am going to decode it for you and explain the value of a growth mindset for your child’s future and how you can implement it at home and in the classroom.

To explain it simply, growth mindset relates to personality, development and motivation. 

There are two types of mindset : fixed and growth.

A child with a fixed mindset believes they have an innate set of intelligences and that is what they are stuck with this and all their potential successes are limited by this. 

A child with a growth mindset will grow up to believe they can achieve anything because their success is based on hard work, learning, training and perseverance.They will understand that new skills and ability can be learned and practised to attain achievement and success.

We need to motivate children to achieve their goals. We need them to see themselves as active learners and achievers who can become their best selves.

When children carry this growth mindset from an early age they are instinctively more likely to choose positive role models, be brave, embrace challenges, accept failure and employ strategies for trying again.

Mindset is everything.

As parents and educators we need to encourage all kinds of strategies that supports this way of thinking. The good news is here at Foodoppi we employ principles of a Growth Mindset at every opportunity. All of our activities and events are created to encourage children to use their multiple intelligences, get creative, think outside the box, explore learning in a new way and gain that self belief that they can go on to achieve anything.

Today, I share my expertise with you.

How to Give Your Learner A Growth Mindset

  1. Experiential Based Learning 

Set goals and targets at the beginning but keep them short and achievable (micro-goals). When entering into a task be prepared and organised. This will allow for a much higher success rate and positive outcomes.

Try to include some fun along the way, exciting and creative discovery learning is best.

Ensure the instructions or directions are short, concise, clear and simple. Give specific praise according to specific actions and outcomes throughout the activity. This allows for “small wins” which can be celebrated and ultimately increase self confidence.

2.  Focus on the Journey not the Destination

Take time to stop, explore, ask questions and think outside the box. Praise all ideas and strategies (particularity those backed up with a solid thought process – the fact that it is right or wrong is not the key here). Point of the value of the learning to the child. If they think it is always about the outcome. If they do not get tit right there is a risk of them developing self perceptions of fixed intelligence. Praise their efforts and achievements throughout not their intelligence.

3. Collaborative Project Based Learning

With project work comes opportunities for unique roles, leadership and opportunities for individuals to shine and showcase their strengths. Their is responsibly and with that comes motivation to succeed and do well for all. Collaboration also encourages new forms to intelligences that need to be nurtured like children interpersonal and interpersonal skills.

4. Reflection

Get the children to question themselves at the end of a task and reflect on their thoughts.

Some good questions to use include: What other strategies could I have used? Can I train my brain to do better next time? Will any of my mistakes help me do better for the next time? What would I do differently? Is this really my best work?

Continually praise the successes but see opportunity for improvement. A value on constructive criticism from a young age is vital to a growth mindset.

5. The Brain Works Like A Muscle

Help child to understand that the brain works like a muscle. Only with lots of hard work, dedication, perseverance and practice will the brain grow and get better.