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Maximize the Benefits of a Growth Mindset

In the September 22, 2015 issue of Education Week, Carol Dweck revisits the Growth Mindset.  She reminds readers that a growth mindset isn’t just about effort.  While effort is important for student achievement it is not the only thing.  “Students need to try new strategies and seek input from others when they’re stuck.  They need this repertoire of approaches – not just sheer effort to learn and improve. We also need to remember that effort is a means to an end – the goal of learning and improving.”

A quck tip on how to foster a growth mindset:

What you should say:  That feeling of math being hard is the feeling of your brain growing.”

What not to say:  “Don’t worry, you’ll get it if you keep trying.”

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