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Growth mindset for a more empathetic and collaborative world

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Emerging growth mindset research is generating new insights about human relationships.   To what extent do we believe that human characteristics, other than abilities –such as being kind, joyful, smart, courageous or cooperative– are fixed versus changeable? Can each of those qualities be developed, or are they innate? Our answers deeply affect our perceptions and behaviors, which in turn affect the quality of our relationships and our collaboration with others.

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Chad Lower
Improving the world requires all of us to strengthen our understanding that all people and groups can change and to continuously t... Read More
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Transforming School from Performance to Learning

Transforming School from Performance to Learning

Most parents, teachers, and schools encourage students to perform as best as they can, but it turns out that a focus on performance can hinder learning, improvement, and, ironically, performance.

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The Highest Aim of Education

The Highest Aim of Education

The highest aim of education is to develop driven, efficacious learners. That's what will best enable them to thrive.

Why ignite lifelong growth?

Today's world is a learner's paradise and a non-learner's pit. The accessibility of knowledge, rapid pace of change, and vastness, present unlimited opportunities for exploration, growth, and contribution. Driven learners:

  • have a source of happiness and fulfillment that nobody can take away from them;
  • adapt, learn, and grow more, and as a result are better able to achieve their goals, especially given today's complexity and fast pace of change; and
  • are more successful learners in school, in competencies from numeracy, literacy and critical thinking, to exploring passions and developing long-term goals and expertise.

What is more important for education to do than to ignite lifelong growth?

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Hi Maxina, Yes, you can find the poster at https://www.zazzle.com/mindsetworks. Glad you enjoyed the article! Best, Janna... Read More
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Growth Mindset: Clearing up Some Common Confusions

Growth Mindset: Clearing up Some Common Confusions

This article was first published by KQED Mindshift on November 16, 2015

A growth mindset is the understanding that personal qualities and abilities can change. It leads people to take on challenges, persevere in the face of setbacks, and become more effective learners. As more and more people learn about the growth mindset, which was first discovered by Stanford Professor Carol Dweck, we sometimes observe some confusions about it. Recently some critiques have emerged. Of course we invite critical analysis and feedback, as it helps all of us learn and improve, but some of the recent commentary seems to point to misunderstandings of growth mindset research and practice. This article summarizes some common confusions and offers some reflections.

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Thanks. I'm glad it helps clarify!
Friday, 18 December 2015 10:43
Eduardo Briceño
Nice example. We can learn from the feedback from editors, and it does take everyone a lot of submissions and revisions to publis... Read More
Friday, 18 December 2015 10:42
Eduardo Briceño
Hi Robert. Thanks for your reflection and question. Self-efficacy and growth mindset are very related but different. Self-effic... Read More
Friday, 18 December 2015 08:25
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Growth Mindset and Testing: What We Can Learn From The Hunger Games

Growth Mindset and Testing: What We Can Learn From The Hunger Games

This blog post was originally posted on Scholastic's Edublog on 3/20/2015. Republished with permission.

Learning vs. Performing

In The Hunger Games, at the Training Center before the "games" begin, Katniss Everdeen operates with a growth mindset. Her goal during those sessions is to improve, not to perform. She chooses stations where she can acquire new survival techniques, rather than stations where she can show off her advanced archery skills. Hence, other tributes observe her as a novice and they get the sense that she won't be a strong competitor. But she doesn't care. She knows that she can improve her survival skills (i.e. she has a growth mindset) and that doing so will help her.

But when the time comes for her private audition at the gym, Katniss' goals are different. They are not to learn, but to perform and show what she can do, so that the judges give her a high rating, which will help her gain sponsors. She initially misses the target, perhaps as a result of nervousness and lack of familiarity with the Capitol's bow, but she quickly adjusts her technique, calms herself down and delivers.

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