Fixed vs. Growth mindset


Do you know about the seminal work of Carl Dweck?


The seminal work of Carol Dweck provides insight both for understanding ourselves and understanding how we perceive our students. In Mindset: The New Psychology of Success,72 she describes two possible mindsets people have: a fixed mindset or a growth mindset. People who have a fixed mindset believe their abilities, personality, and moral character are fixed, and their responses to circumstances either prove or disprove their worth. People who have a growth mindset, on the contrary, believe their initial talents, interests, aptitudes, and temperaments can be changed through effort. Every challenge becomes an opportunity.

Simply recognizing these two paths can have a profound impact on our teaching. If we stop to think how much we rely on test scores, judgments of previous teachers, class placements, and our own initial impressions to determine the abilities of our students, we…

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