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Sunday, October 20, 2013

Mindset, By Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D.

Hop Brook teachers are reading Mindset. As educators we are continually learning and trying to improve our teaching. On the cover of the book it states, “How we can learn to fulfill our potential.” This is what we want for ourselves and our students. Dweck identifies two types of mindsets; fixed and growth. A fixed mindset believes your intelligence and abilities are fixed. A growth mindset believes you can accomplish difficult tasks through effort and building your intelligence and abilities.

With the implementation of Common Core State Standards and the push for students to tackle complex text and problems we felt that Mindset could assist us as teachers and our students. We need to persevere through challenging problems and teach students to do the same. People with fixed mindsets may avoid challenges and not fulfill their potential.

As parents you can cultivate a growth mindset in your child by showing your child you are learning new things and it may take multiple attempts before you get it correct. It is okay to fail and make mistakes, this is how we learn.

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