Developing a “Growth Mindset”

You might have heard the term “Growth Mindset” recently, in your work with children.  The term was first coined by Carol Dweck, and describes how individuals with a growth mindset believe talents, abilities and skills can be developed by anyone with hard work, good strategies, and support from others, whereas those with a fixed mindset believe talents are innate (you either have it or you don’t).

In the below video, Dr. Jean Clinton discusses how caregivers that view children as capable and competent engage support children to develop a growth mindset. This video is part of the Think, Feel Act series produced by the Ontario Ministry of Education.

After watching the video, ask yourself how could I change my thinking or practice to help children develop a growth mindset?  For more information about the concept, you can go here.