Following the several school initiatives towards promoting self-esteem and confidence both in Primary and Secondary in the past few weeks, I would like to share this article about motivation and how to instil a growth mindset instead of a fixed mindset. The question here is: is intelligence fixed, or something that can be developed with effort, dedication, learning? And why does it matter?
According to the authors, “the quickest way to explain what it means to instil a growth mindset is: Praise your child explicitly for how capable they are of learning rather than telling them how smart they are”.
Approaching situations as opportunities for learning and growing helps children (and adults) feel more confident and try new things. It keeps them motivated and less likely to give up or avoid possibilities of making mistakes. The research explains that it is never too early or too late to start.
One of the dangers of the fixed mindset is the belief that if you have ability there shouldn’t be effort – we have all known people that were extremely smart, but it did not guarantee success as they often don’t develop good study skills and work habits that will be important in life. If it is a matter of “having it or not having it” (intelligence, ability, or skills) there is very little you can do about it and not much room for taking charge of your own learning. The growth mindset, on the other hand, sees effort as a way to activate abilities, and focuses on the process more than on the results.
Have a look at the full article and the video below for more information.
Carolina Zambom Barboza
RSA ANIMATE: How To Help Every Child Fulfil Their Potential: https://youtu.be/Yl9TVbAal5s
One little change in how you talk to your kids can help them be more successful: