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Check Your Mindset, take steps to keep growing!

Stanford University, Raikes and Hewlett Foundation all support checking and growing mindset!

If the Raikes and the Hewlett Foundation supports it, then it has to be something worth looking at. So that is exactly what Stanford University did. Use the multiple-choice questionnaire to check your mindset and keep growing.

A growth mindset is an adaptive one and an adaptive mindset translates into an academic mindset. From these four questions subsets we can see how learners feel, and in turn, behave in class.

Understanding that the work is relevant to their needs will motivate students to pay attention in class, and do homework no matter the challenge. Many other positive classroom traits follow.

Furthermore, learners discover that perseverance pays off more consistently than blind luck, or “being smart.” Instead of giving up when faced with a challenge that seems insurmountable, learners will develop the self-discipline required to push through and work for an answer.

So, it seems only logical to conclude then that academic achievements will improve as well, and not only for the “stars” in the class but across the entire group because remember, this has been scientifically proven to work. Even under-achievers will reap the benefits of an improved mindset!

Take the PERTS Mindset check here

To get an idea of what the questionnaire is about, follow the link above and answer the questions. It only takes a few minutes to complete, to say nothing of the fact that it’s free, and you don’t even need to sign up! Check your mindset, keep growing. The assessment is a scale ranging from “Strongly Agree” to “Strongly Disagree” and targets all four sections discussed above. Answer honestly. Don’t worry too much about the results. As we have seen in the mindset series, with sufficient effort and time we can change our minds.

Make your own assessment link

To make your own assessment for your own group find the test here. It will ask for your email address, which is necessary for the results feedback.

Steps to maintain a growth mindset.

Irrespective of the feedback, cultivating and maintaining a growth mindset takes daily attention. Young and old alike need daily reminders of how to react to failure and effort. And even though mindset is a field of thought that many don’t know about, we are lucky enough to have institutions who do care. One of these, the George Lucas Educational Foundation, provides excellent resources for teaching and developing a growth mindset. Most of which stem from research conducted by field expert Caroline Dweck, working with Stanford University

Mindset needs to be set in action.

The expert Caroline Dweck warns us that there is a false growth mindset being set in motion by those that feel that belief alone is enough. This is not the case. Getting a student to believe they can overcome a challenge is only half the battle won. The crucial extra step often overlooked is action. Self-belief needs to spur action.

Also, educators must always be honest with students and their abilities. We encourage praising effort, but current shortcomings such as resources, or skills should also factor in. Simply telling a learner they are capable of anything leads to disappointment. However, if the have a clear plan towards a set goal in the future, that is when possibilities truly become endless.

A final link I would like to share with you as a Khan Academy lesson plan pertinently focusing on mindset in the classroom, it is completely free and no registration is needed to download and use this plan. You can find it here.

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