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This list introduces the ideas of the fixed and growth mindsets. Fixed mindset versus growth mindset, which is best and why? What are the different characteristics of these compelling mindsets?

Carol Dweck, "Developing a Growth Mindset"

Watch, learn and connect: Should you tell your kids they are smart or talented? Professor Carol Dweck answers this que...

Mindset Kit | Resources for growth and learning mindsets

A free resource for educators and parents who want to foster learning mindsets such as growth mindset. Follow lessons and practices from experts and members of our community.

Growth Mindset vs. Fixed Mindset

There are two types of mindsets we can cultivate. One that embraces problems as opportunities to learn, and one that avoids them, often out of fear to fail. ...

14 Children's Books that Promote a Growth Mindset

These fourteen children's books send the message to kids that hard work, effort, and a willingness to learn and grow leads to success.

Teaching a Growth Mindset in the Classroom - Proud to be Primary

8 important ideas and simple strategies for teaching a growth mindset in the classroom.

Researchers have studied the impact of students’ beliefs about intelligence on their academic
performance. Education journalists, likewise, have devoted considerable news coverage to such
studies. In particular, the concept of growth mindset — the belief that intelligence can be
developed through effort — has garnered a great deal of attention in recent years. As teachers
have become aware of growth-mindset theories and philosophies, some have tried to integrate
them into their classroom instruction. But much remains to be learned about teachers’ views and
experiences with growth mindset.

The article focuses on mindsets and the effect of praise on youth development. Studies reveal two student mindsets--children with fixed mindsets believe that intelligence is fixed, and those with growth mindsets believe that intelligence can be developed. Those with growth mindsets are more motivated to learn and capable of overcoming challenges. Also, the praise adults give on intelligence or talent alone result to fixed mindsets. Adults should praise the child's effort and practice process-focused criticism to foster growth mindset in the young.

Fixed Mindset vs. Growth Mindset Comparison Chart

Fixed Mindset vs. Growth Mindset

Assess Your Mindset to Begin Your Journey Today

Our mindsets exist on a continuum from fixed to growth, and although we’d like to always have a growth mindset, the reality is that we can only be on a journey to a growth mindset. The goal is to recognize fixed mindset elements in ourselves and then reflect on feedback and strategies for how to improve.