Growth Mindset Resources For Parents
Growth Mindset vs. Fixed Mindset
TED Talk: The Power of Believing That You Can Improve, by Carol Dweck
HOW TO IDENTIFY YOUR CHILD’S CURRENT MINDSET
Now that you know the difference between the two types of mindsets, you’ll start to notice evidence of one or both in your child’s behaviour and speech.
It’s definitely possible for kids (and adults) to show evidence of both mindsets, but they tend to show one predominant mindset when thinking about themselves and their basic intelligence and capabilities.
Why not try a little social experiment and just try observing your child or children over the next few weeks?
YOU CAN ASK YOURSELF THESE QUESTIONS:
HOW DOES MY CHILD TYPICALLY REACT WHEN HE FINDS SOMETHING DIFFICULT OR CHALLENGING?
Does he gets frustrated and give up immediately, or does he keep trying for a while before giving up? Does he demand help immediately? Does he persist until he reaches success?
DOES MY CHILD LABEL HERSELF POSITIVELY OR NEGATIVELY?
Eg. “I’m smart.” or “I’m the best soccer player.” OR “I’m stupid.” “I’m no good at _______.” “I’m the worst swimmer.”
DOES MY CHILD SAY THINGS LIKE: “I CAN’T TIE MY SHOES.” OR “I’LL NEVER LEARN TO RIDE A BIKE.” OR “I CAN’T READ.”
These words tend to reflect a fixed mindset where abilities can’t change.
DOES MY CHILD SEEM AFRAID OF TRYING THINGS THAT ARE DIFFICULT?
Eg. Avoids riding a bicycle because they’re afraid they won’t be able to do it. Or avoids practicing piano because they feel it’s too hard.
DO I HEAR MY CHILD COMPARING HIMSELF TO OTHERS?
Eg. “Jana’s way better at gymnastics than me.” “I’m not as good a reader as Sara.”
DOES MY CHILD UNDERSTAND THE VALUE OF PRACTICING?
Have they noticed that they get better at things the more time and effort they put into practicing? Do they expect to be able to do things perfectly the first time?
HOW DOES MY CHILD REACT WHEN SHE HEARS ABOUT SOMEONE ELSE DOING WELL?
Do you notice that they are more likely to try hard or to give up/seem disinterested when they see others doing something well that they find difficult? What if it’s something they really want to do well?