Growth Mindset

Have you ever wondered why some kids will spend hours upon hours playing video games? They repeatedly fail, but yet are determined to succeed. I often wonder why some of these kids can persevere in this situation, yet not in the classroom. For my  Ed. Research class I chose to research the mindsets. If you haven’t heard about the growth and fixed mindsets I suggest you read this post. Carol Dweck is a professor of psychology at Stanford University and  has been conducting research for decades now on how people perceive intelligence. Click here to visit a website on the mindsets.

The idea behind the mindsets is simple. If you believe that hard work and effort contribute to success, you are said to have a growth mindset. If you believe the opposite, that people are born with certain intellectual traits which make them successful, then you are believed to have a fixed mindset. These mindsets relate to school, relationship, and work. It is definitely a “hot” topic and something which I believe could change the way many teachers think about perseverance in their classrooms.

I have copied a list of resources for you to consider when learning about the mindsets below. Feel free to check them out.

Professional Readings


Mindsets in the Classroom: Building a Culture of Success and Student Achievement in Schools by Mary Cay Ricci

*This book is helpful for those who are thinking about implementing growth mindset in their classrooms. It includes anecdotes from teachers, strategies for teaching perseverance and resilience, parent communication, as well as lessons to get started.


Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck

*This is a must read if you want to learn more about the theory of the mindsets. Carol Dweck does a wonderful job of relating the mindsets to life in general. Teachers and parents both could benefit from reading this book.


Children’s Books that have Growth Mindset Messages


Fish in a Tree By Lynda Mullaly Hunt

The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds

Thank you Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco


These are a few of my favorite resources. Feel free to comment any resources you have found to be helpful teaching or learning about growth mindset.


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