I’ve written about helping students develop a growth mindset before, but I would argue that challenging students to grow and realize their potential is just as important at the end of the school year—perhaps even more important— as it is throughout the year.
To help your students continue to develop a growth mindset, consider a few of these tips.
Do not attribute a student’s success to “being smart.”
Why though? According to Stanford psychologist Carol Dweck, telling students they are smart actually lowers their motivation and achievement.
During a study, Dweck and her colleagues divided students into two groups; each was treated differently:
At the conclusion of the study, Dweck found that the students who were continually praised developed a “fixed-mindset” and began to believe that their intelligence was innate. As a result, they began to fear failure and thus avoided challenging tasks.
Use these prompts to help your students develop a growth mindset:
There’s an old adage, “We plan and God laughs,” and boy, ain’t that the truth? Adults learn this in time, but many of our students do not have the experience to handle sudden changes with grace.
Adaptability is critical to building resilience. We can teach students this skill through modeling it ourselves when things do not go our way. Take that lesson, for example…the one you spent hours planning, the one you were excited about…the same one that just didn’t execute the way you planned.
Instead of reacting with frustration, try something new. Never be afraid of abandoning a lesson and admitting to your students that things aren’t working.
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