We are committed to developing a growth mindset learning environment-a place where all students believe that with effort and perseverance, they can succeed. Dr. Carol Dweck, a researcher at Stanford University, has identified two beliefs systems about intelligence.
A fixed mindset is one where we believe that our children's innate abilities, talents, and intelligence are fixed. They are either good or talented at something or they are not. They can certainly learn new things, but this particular skill or subject is not really their “thing.” A growth mindset is the belief that intelligence, skills, and talent are malleable (capable of being easily changed or influenced), and they can change with effort, perseverance, and practice. Neuroscience explains this as neuroplasticity. We can all get “smarter.”
Each day students will be asked to take educational risks. They will be praised not for their mental quickness or natural intelligence but for approaching the process of learning with grit and determination. We know that to make the greatest impact children need to hear consistent messages at home. Here are some things you can do to extend and promote growth mindset in your home:
Encourage your child to take risks and tackle new challenges at school.
Praise your child not for the ease with which he or she learns a concept but for the amount of effort put into learning it.
Emphasize perseverance and effort in extracurricular activities. For example, “I'm proud of how much effort you put into that basketball game” instead of “I'm proud of how many points you scored in that basketball game.”
Third Grade Teachers
We hope you will commit to joining us in this growth mindset journey!