By: Angela Watson
- Be willing to try new things
- Stick with hard tasks and not give up
- Push themselves to do their best work, not just what’s “good enough”
- Believe in themselves and their own ability to learn
Here’s the great news–these are traits that we can help develop in our students by teaching them about how their brains work.Many students enter our classrooms believing they’re either smart or not smart, good at reading or math, or not good in those areas. This belief that our basic qualities like intelligence and talents can’t be changed is called a fixed mindset. Often our students figure: Why bother trying at something that’s hard for me? I’m not naturally good at it, and I can’t really do anything about that.
Our students may not realize that their brains have the ability to change and grow through their experiences (neuroplasticity). Students need us to teach them that the human brain is like a muscle that can be trained through repetition and practice. When students realize this, they develop a growth mindset: the belief that abilities can be developed through commitment and hard work.
And once they have a growth mindset, they can learn anything.”To read further please click here: