Growth Mindset Vs. Fixed Mindset:
A Growth Mindset is the belief that intelligence can be developed through hard work and effort and you focus on improving and learning from mistakes. A Fixed Mindset is the belief that you are born with your potential and you have a learned helplessness.
Here are some really interesting links on Growth Mindset:
A Growth Mindset Livebinder and Mindworks Community
Mindset in My Classroom
It is going to be a lot of work to change the mindset of my students. They come in with such a fixed mindset, and the belief that they are not good at math. It breaks my heart when I hear my students say, "But I am dumb teacher". :o(
Last year I could see the difference in the mindsets of my students when I constantly barraged them with encouragement and motivation. And this year I plan to focus on it even more. Other than teaching the math concepts, changing their mindset is what I am focusing on the most.
My Growth Mindset Posters
To keep with my theme this year in my classroom of motivating my students to persevere through their STRUGGLE. I made a set of Growth Mindset Posters. I decided to call it the Mindset of a Mathematician instead of Growth Mindset.
I came across some good ideas while Pinteresting and this is what I created. I wanted this set of posters to be like a collage. I will put them above my Promethean Board at the front of the room, so they can be seen at all times. I typed the words with different fonts and used scrapbook paper for the background. (They still need to be laminated)
If you would like a copy of the words you can download them here: My Growth Mindset Posters