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Growth Mindset Language

TXTS 4 Teachers

Growth Mindset Language

Kimberly St Clair

First, many thanks to all who entered our TXTS4 Teachers smart watch giveaway and provided feedback!  Congratulations to our lucky winner, Jennifer in Mesa! And, welcome to our new subscribers. We hope you find our weekly TXTS4 Teachers beneficial and inspiring, especially as we incorporate your feedback into future posts.

Without a doubt, Inviting and providing feedback are imperative to promoting a growth mindset.  Hence, teachers are mindful of the language we use to provide feedback to learners as well as to communicate learning goals.

Below are examples of growth mindset language.

  • To communicate high expectations:  Today’s target for learning is [x learning objective.] I know that you all can learn this, so I have set the bar high.

  • To encourage risk taking: We’re in the learning zone today. I expect you to make a lot of mistakes because mistakes are normal when we’re learning new things.

  • To encourage perseverance: I admire your persistence. You might be struggling now, but you are making progress. I can see your growth in [provide example where learner is making progress.]

  • To support students who are stuck: Let me add new information to help you solve this.

To see more examples of growth mindset language, check out these resources:

  1.   Growth Mindset Framing Tool

  2.   Growth Mindset Feedback Tool

  3.   Mindset Works Free Resources

Give growth mindset language a try! You can look forward to more simple tips to continue to promote growth mindsets in your classroom in upcoming TXTS4 Teachers.