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What is Growth Mindset?

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A full view of what growth mindset is and how it can be implemented in the classroom and home settings.

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What is Growth Mindset?

  1. 1. © 2020 Dyknow – Proprietary and Confidential | 1 What is Growth Mindset?
  2. 2. © 2020 Dyknow – Proprietary and Confidential | 2 As stated by Psychology Today, a growth mindset is,“the belief that a person's capacities and talents can be improved over time.”
  3. 3. Recently we had the privilege of sitting down with Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment at Libertyville District 70, Erik Youngman to discuss what growth mindset is and how impactful it is in education. © 2020 Dyknow – Proprietary and Confidential | 3
  4. 4. Erik explains that the way to improve over time is to focus on elements of a growth mindset like learning from mistakes, continuous improvement, effort, creative problem solving, and reflection. © 2020 Dyknow – Proprietary and Confidential | 4
  5. 5. © 2019 Dyknow – Proprietary and Confidential | 5 Originally the growth mindset method came from psychologist and professor at Stanford University, Carol Dweck. Erik’s interest in the growth mindset sparked from his teaching career.
  6. 6. © 2019 Dyknow – Proprietary and Confidential | 6 He spent his time reading articles about the growth mindset, synthesizing the information he uncovered, and creating structures that educators and coaches can apply to their teachings about the growth mindset.
  7. 7. Erik explained 3 examples of how growth mindset can be applied in an educational and home setting. © 2020 Dyknow – Proprietary and Confidential | 7
  8. 8. 1. Continuous learning mindset Erik merged Carol Dweck’s research with structures of the applications of learning from the Illinois State Board of Education to explain how a continuous learning mindset works. © 2020 Dyknow – Proprietary and Confidential | 8
  9. 9. These 6 dimensions empower students to enhance frequency and effectiveness of thinking while also empowering reflection, courage, perseverance and empathy. © 2020 Dyknow – Proprietary and Confidential | 9
  10. 10. © 2020 Dyknow – Proprietary and Confidential | 10 2. Empower a growth mindset with feedback, questions, and self talk
  11. 11. Feedback Erik stresses the importance of being mindful of how you are providing careful feedback to these students and children especially when they have made a mistake or something they could classify as a set-back. 2 really great suggestions Erik made on how to phrase affirming feedback are, "You are not successful yet, but you and I both know you will do it," and "remember the lesson more than the mistake." © 2020 Dyknow – Proprietary and Confidential | 11
  12. 12. Questions Parents also have a great opportunity to have ‘teaching moments’ with their kids by asking them questions instead of providing the answer. Instead of blatantly outing an answer to your child whether it be in life or school, help them get to the next step by prompting them with, "what questions should be asked or considered in this situation?" Ask them how they believe they can enhance their efficiency, flexibility, performance, or growth. © 2020 Dyknow – Proprietary and Confidential | 12
  13. 13. Self-talk Self-talk is a commonly used tactic in cases dealing with depression and anxiety, also known as ‘changing your mindset.’ If parents and teachers give students the right tools to learn about and understand self talk, students might be more likely to perform better academically and be an overall happier person. Erik suggests teaching phrases like, "I need to courageously move out of my comfort zone," and "How do my current actions and attitude impact my progress and success?"© 2020 Dyknow – Proprietary and Confidential | 13
  14. 14. © 2020 Dyknow – Proprietary and Confidential | 14
  15. 15. 3. 12 Characteristics of Deliberate Homework Erik Youngman has just released a book titled 12 Characteristics of Deliberate Homework in which he talks about growth mindset in relation to learning and homework. He encourages parents, educators, and coaches to a learning mindset that empowers students to be responsible, reflective, resilient, and resourceful. © 2020 Dyknow – Proprietary and Confidential | 15
  16. 16. How does Growth Mindset Apply to Remote Learning? © 2020 Dyknow – Proprietary and Confidential | 16
  17. 17. Growth mindset is used as a lens to empower students and educators as they encounter new challenges, risks, improvement, effort, resourcefulness, and feedback during remote learning. In times like these, where everyone seemingly has all the time in the world, the opportunity cost of getting out of your comfort zone to embrace new challenges and try new things is inordinately low. © 2020 Dyknow – Proprietary and Confidential | 17
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