Mindset in the Classroom
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Applying Carol Dweck's research to classrooms and schools
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New study yields instructive results on how mindset affects learning

"When psychology Professor Carol Dweck was a sixth-grader at P.S. 153 in Brooklyn, N.Y., she experienced something that made her want to understand why some people view intelligence as a fixed trait while others embrace it as a quality that can be developed and expanded.

Dweck's teacher that year, Mrs. Wilson, seated her students around the room according to their IQ. The girls and boys who didn't have the highest IQ in the class were not allowed to carry the flag during assembly or even wash the blackboard, Dweck said. "She let it be known that IQ for her was the ultimate measure of your intelligence and your character," she said. "So the students who had the best seats were always scared of taking another test and not being at the top anymore."

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Exploring education: “The more I practice the luckier I get.” Mindset and Carol Dweck

Exploring education: “The more I practice the luckier I get.” Mindset and Carol Dweck | Mindset in the Classroom | Scoop.it

Psychologist Carol Dweck has given the educational community one of the most positive educational concepts yet to be developed – mindset. Like many good ideas it is deceptively simple – but the implications for schools are profound. Quite simply, mindset is the belief that ability is not fixed – that people can acquire new skills through targeted effort and practice. Simple.

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Harvard Education Letter -- Do "Consoling" Messages Hinder Math Achievement?

Harvard Education Letter -- Do "Consoling" Messages Hinder Math Achievement? | Mindset in the Classroom | Scoop.it

As a high school administrator, I worked closely with math teachers to figure out how to ensure that all students mastered algebra by ninth grade and successfully completed geometry and advanced algebra (or higher) prior to graduation. Confronted by many students who loudly announced that they just weren’t good at math, we made many structural, curricular, and instructional changes in our algebra program. But too many students continued to fail, often declaring their entity beliefs that math intelligence was fixed and that they just didn’t get it. We made more progress when we also addressed the social and psychological factors by explicitly teaching them that intelligence is malleable and that you can “get smarter” by working harder.

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The Mindset of a Champion | Stanford – Home of Champions

The Mindset of a Champion | Stanford – Home of Champions | Mindset in the Classroom | Scoop.it

There are things that distinguish great athletes—champions—from others. Most of the sports world thinks it’s their talent, but I will argue that it’s their mindset. This idea is brought to life by the story of Billy Beane, told so well by Michael Lewis in the book Moneyball (Lewis, 2003). When Beane was in high school, he was in fact a huge talent–what they call a “natural.” He was the star of the basketball team, the football team, and the baseball team–and he was all of these things without much effort. People thought he was the new Babe Ruth.

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Bing Times Online » Blog Archive » Carol Dweck: Praising Intelligence: Costs to Children’s Self-Esteem and Motivation

Bing Times Online » Blog Archive » Carol Dweck: Praising Intelligence: Costs to Children’s Self-Esteem and Motivation | Mindset in the Classroom | Scoop.it

“You’re such a great artist!”

“You’re so smart!”

Who would ever imagine that praising a child could be bad? After all, we love our children and want them to have high self-esteem. We want them to go out into the world thinking well of themselves, trusting their abilities, succeeding.

But it turns out even well-intended praise for children’s talents and abilities can backfire. In May, developmental and social psychologist Dr. Carol Dweck addressed the Bing community in the 2007 Distinguished Lecture to explain why and how praise can drain a child’s self-esteem and sap motivation.

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BBC World Service Programmes - Discovery, The Science of Morality

BBC World Service Programmes - Discovery, The Science of Morality | Mindset in the Classroom | Scoop.it

How fixed are our beliefs?  

In this edition of Discovery, Dr Carinne Piekema investigates how scientific studies are starting to shed light on how our social behaviour is affected by our environment and neurochemistry.
She discusses with Carol Dweck about how people's moral opinions can be modified through behavioural techniques, and with Molly Crockett and Paul Zak about how similar effects can be brought about by directly altering brain chemistry.

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Principal's Point of View: 1 (or 39) Top Idea(s) for Educators from Mindset by Carol Dweck

Principal's Point of View: 1 (or 39) Top Idea(s) for Educators from Mindset by Carol Dweck | Mindset in the Classroom | Scoop.it

Of the many books that I have read in the last year, Mindset by Carol Dweck has caused me to think and question my long held beliefs more than most. According to Dweck, our intelligence and our basic frame of mind can change. We can have either the fixed or growth mindsets.
You have a choice. Mindsets are just beliefs. They're powerful beliefs, but they're just something in your mind, and you can change your mind.

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INTERVIEWS: Interview with Carol Dweck

INTERVIEWS: Interview with Carol Dweck | Mindset in the Classroom | Scoop.it

In my book I identify two mindsets that play important roles in people's success. In one, the fixed mindset, people believe that their talents and abilities are fixed traits. They have a certain amount and that's that; nothing can be done to change it. Many years of research have now shown that when people adopt the fixed mindset, it can limit their success. They become over-concerned with proving their talents and abilities, hiding deficiencies, and reacting defensively to mistakes or setbacks-because deficiencies and mistakes imply a (permanent) lack of talent or ability...

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The Power (and Peril) of Praising Your Kids -- New York Magazine

The Power (and Peril) of Praising Your Kids -- New York Magazine | Mindset in the Classroom | Scoop.it
The inverse power of praise....
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MindSet: A Book written by Carol Dweck. Teaching a growth mindset creates motivation and productivity in the worlds of business, education, and sports.

The Power (and Peril) of Praising Your Kids...
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Carol Dweck's Attitude - The Chronicle Review - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Carol Dweck's Attitude - The Chronicle Review - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Mindset in the Classroom | Scoop.it

Dweck and her collaborators have demonstrated that praising children for their intelligence can backfire. When young people's sense of self-worth is bound up in the idea that they are smart—a quality they come to understand as a genetic blessing from the sky—at least three bad things can happen.

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Classroom activities to practice a growth mindset

Classroom activities to practice a growth mindset | Mindset in the Classroom | Scoop.it

FREE classroom brain-based activities to practice a growth mindset.  

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My Father's Day wish: Curious children - CNN.com

My Father's Day wish: Curious children - CNN.com | Mindset in the Classroom | Scoop.it

Here's what I want for Father's Day: I want my children to develop a passion for science. I've decided to grease the wheels. I've called the best for advice...

 

Dweck suggests we find ways to communicate to our children that "we value doing hard things, persisting, focusing -- without preaching, of course. ... Even sitting around the dinner table and asking, 'Who had a great struggle today? What are you going to struggle with tomorrow?' "
The more you listen to Dweck's insights about the growth mindset -- the more you realize how much it has in common with the spirit of science. It's about taking the risk to explore. To discover. To fail. To get back up when you're knocked down and explore some more.

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The Trouble With Bright Girls | Psychology Today

The Trouble With Bright Girls | Psychology Today | Mindset in the Classroom | Scoop.it

Chances are good that if you are a successful professional today, you were a pretty bright fifth grade girl. My graduate advisor, psychologist Carol Dweck (author of Mindset) conducted a series of studies in the 1980s, looking at how bright girls and boys in the fifth grade handled new, difficult and confusing material.

 

She found that bright girls, when given something to learn that was particularly foreign or complex, were quick to give up - and the higher the girls' IQ, the more likely they were to throw in the towel...

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The Right Mindset | Moments of Genius | Big Think

The Right Mindset | Moments of Genius | Big Think | Mindset in the Classroom | Scoop.it

“Are great musician born or made?” That question was posed by Gary Marcus, who at the age of 38, wondered if he could overcome a lifetime of musical failure – at one point when he was younger a teacher politely told him to stop taking recorder lessons. Marcus’ problem wasn’t a lack of neurons. A diploma from MIT and tenure at NYU reflects his sharp intellect. Rather, his dearth of musicianship, which he describes in his latest book, Guitar Zero, appeared innate: great musicians are born. Case closed.

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The impact of mindset on student aggression and behavior

The impact of mindset on student aggression and behavior | Mindset in the Classroom | Scoop.it
We showed that kids who have the growth mindset intervention were 40% less likely to retaliate and 2-3 times as likely to engage in pro-social behavior than students who did not receive the training.
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Why Your Mindset is So Important

Why Your Mindset is So Important | Mindset in the Classroom | Scoop.it
For twenty years, my research has shown that the view you adopt of yourself profoundly affects the way you lead your life. – Carol Dweck1 That is the central message in Carol Dweck’s book, Mindset: The New Psychology of Success.
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Exploring a Growth Mindset

Professor Carol Dweck has reduced student aggression and other behavior problems in American high schools and increased adults' willingness to compromise in ...
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Reflections from an Elementary School Principal

Reflections from an Elementary School Principal | Mindset in the Classroom | Scoop.it

The premise of the book is that there are two different mind states from which we operate:

Fixed Mindset - you believe your intelligence, skills and abilities are carved in stone, or static.

Growth Mindset - you believe that you can cultivate your basic qualities through your efforts.

Dweck draws upon studies and examples of students, business leaders, athletes, and her own teaching and personal life as she discusses how these differing mindsets can affect how we approach anything in life. I found this book to be extremely interesting to me for myself as a leaner, as a teacher, as a principal, as a parent, and even as a wife.

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Carol Dweck: Tech Nation (a podcast on IT Conversations)

Carol Dweck: Tech Nation (a podcast on IT Conversations) | Mindset in the Classroom | Scoop.it
Dr. Moira Gunn speaks Dr. Carol Dweck, the Lewis and Virginia Eaton Professor of Psychology at Stanford University, a recognized world leader in the study of personality, and author of Mindset -- The New Psychology of Success.
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Don’t Let the Numbers Get in the Way!

Don’t Let the Numbers Get in the Way! | Mindset in the Classroom | Scoop.it

We have to keep these standardized test scores in perspective. We can’t let them define a student or how we teach! To narrow down our curriculum and focus to just what is “on the test” takes away the inquiry, passion, and joy of learning. We need to continue to focus on the whole child and their needs. We need to continue to realize that one-size fits all approaches are not the answer. We need to continue to expand our techniques of student engagement and understanding the learners of today, not the learners of yesterday. We need to continue to expand our curriculum to include authentic learning.

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Is “Accountability” Undermining American Education?

Is “Accountability” Undermining American Education? | Mindset in the Classroom | Scoop.it
I think we can agree that we want to create learners and innovators—people who seek challenges, stretch to learn new things, and bounce back from (or are even energized by) setbacks. If this is what we want, we are going about it in exactly the wrong way. High stakes testing may in fact be creating the very opposite in our students.

 

Education Nation is a nationally broadcast, in-depth conversation about improving education in America.

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What Kids Should Know About Their Own Brains

What Kids Should Know About Their Own Brains | Mindset in the Classroom | Scoop.it

Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck has demonstrated that teaching students about how their brains work—in particular, that the brain is plastic and can develop new capacities with effort and practice—makes a big difference in how constructively kids deal with mistakes and setbacks, and how motivated they are to persist until they achieve mastery.

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The Right Mindset for Success

The Right Mindset for Success | Mindset in the Classroom | Scoop.it

Carol Dweck, professor at Stanford University and author of "Mindset: The New Psychology of Success."... podcast

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