Last month, we introduced the characteristics of fixed and growth mindsets. You now want to promote growth mindsets in your classroom. But where do you start? As a skilled teacher, you know that deliberate modeling, teaching, and reinforcing are required for successful learning. The same holds true when creating a growth mindset culture in the classroom.
Here are ideas for modeling a growth mindset:
1. Storytelling. Share your own personal experiences with fixed or growth mindset. Share your setbacks and failures.
2. Learn a New Skill: Actively learn something new for a sustained period, and discuss the process with your learners.
3. Seek feedback from your colleagues. Invite a colleague to observe you teaching and give you feedback, which shows students that adults need and want to get better at their jobs.
4. Teach: In addition to modeling growth mindset behaviors, you can explicitly teach students about mindsets. Check out these Growth Mindset Lesson Plans.
Give these ideas and lessons a try! You can look forward to additional easy tips to continue to promote growth mindsets in your classroom in upcoming TXTS4 Teachers.