Growth Mindset, What Is It?
Most parents have probably heard their child say they just aren’t good at a certain subject. A child that believes he or she can’t improve their academic competence and ability has a fixed mindset. Our years of experience at The Family & Learning Center has taught us that a growth mindset is a much more effective way of thinking.
So, what exactly is a growth mindset? Growth mindset is the belief that intelligence isn’t a fixed trait, but rather one that can be nurtured and developed. A growth mindset thrives on challenges and struggle. It sees failure as an opportunity for growth and greater understanding, and mistakes as a learning opportunity. A person with a growth mindset is receptive to lessons and feedback. Having a growth mindset allows a person to seek new opportunities to improve, rather than give up when they reach a roadblock.
How do you embrace a Growth Mindset?
There are simple things that a parent can do to help their child develop a growth mindset. Here are 8 ways to encourage a growth mindset. Saying things such as, “You don’t understand this concept…yet,” reminds the child that their brain and their mind is plastic, and that with practice the child can eventually master a concept or skill. Another way to instill a growth mindset is to avoid praising intelligence. Complimenting intelligence can reinforce it as a fixed trait. Rather, praise your child for the effort and give them feedback that emphasizes the value of trying different strategies. Shifting from a fixed mindset to a growth mindset can improve the frequency and level of their achievements. This is because mindset plays a role in self-motivation.
At TFALC, we help students cultivate growth mindset through valuing the process over the end result, celebrating growth, and providing regular opportunities for self-reflection. We believe that helping our students foster a growth mindset results in much more fruitful and productive thinking that will carry them through even their toughest academic challenges.
Contact The Family & Learning Center today to schedule a complimentary consultation to learn more about how TFALC can support your child in moving from a fixed to growth mindset.