Some people believe that their intelligence and abilities are unchangeable. In other words, you have a certain amount of intelligence, and you can’t do much to change it.
This is called a “fixed mindset.” Others believe that it is possible to grow your intelligence through effort. This is called a “growth mindset.” We promote and develop a growth mindset in students to motivate them, to increase their resilience, and to prepare them to be lifelong learners. This understanding can better equip children for challenging tasks and difficult subject matter. If they know that they can develop their abilities, that effort and dedication make a difference in the formula for success, then children won’t become paralyzed by challenge.
A growth mindset creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for achieving goals.
Research shows that parents can have a powerful impact on their children's’ mindsets. The language you use and the actions you take show your children what you expect. Giving process praise, accepting mistakes as learning opportunities, and understanding the role of emotions in learning are all practices you can begin today.
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