But students aren't the only ones who need to believe in a growth mindset. Too often, teachers will say "Spelling was never my thing," or "I'm no good with math," or (my favorite) "I'm too old for technology." How do we expect our students to believe that they can continue to learn when all we as teachers model is that learning stops at certain point? Especially when that STOP point is something that we find difficult? They need to see that the challenge is what is important, and that without challenge, there is no real success.
Grit is a personality trait that has to be developed alongside a growth mindset. Competitive athletes don't become competitive and win championships by quitting when it gets difficult. Instead, they keep pushing. They fail and fail and fail and fail until FINALLY, they succeed. And then, they push for the next level. That's what we expect our students to do. We push them through formative assessments in class and for homework. Often, they fail. But we keep pushing and asking more until finally, when they take the summative, (we hope!!) they succeed.
In order to continue to encourage this belief that even though it is hard, it can be learned, we have to catch our own fixed mindset statements and change them into growth statements. Here are 5 of my favorites overheard in the hallways:
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"Even Geniuses Work Hard - ASCD." 2010. 8 Oct. 2015 http://www.ascd.org/publications/educational-leadership/sept10/vol68/num01/Even-Geniuses-Work-Hard.aspx
"Teaching Growth Mindset with @sylviaduckworth Sketchnote." 2015. 8 Oct. 2015 http://www.coolcatteacher.com/photos/teaching-growth-mindset/