Having a growth mindset is pretty significant for me. Unlike other professional learning ideas, I actually agree with this way of thinking wholeheartedly. Perhaps I have already been practicing this without even knowing. A mindset has the ability to build or destroy a person’s success. It’s all about the perspective that you have. It sounds pretty simple but in reality it can be challenging to sustain.
The growth mindset is important because it is the pathway to becoming a life learner. It’s about seeing situations as learning opportunities. Where growth and success are interchangeable. According to Dr. Carol Dweck, the most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work—brains and talent are just the starting point.
I realize the impact this will have on my learners and coworkers, which is why I feel a tremendous amount of pressure to plan and develop my approach. This idea has the capacity to revolutionize public education.
I see an opportunity to develop a UbD lesson plan for teaching the Growth Mindset to my students. It is imperative to introduce this at the beginning of the year to give my students a good foundation in preparation for an innovative classroom. I originally thought that actions were key to creating a culture of significant learning, but now I understand that the mindset is the most important factor. Familiarizing my students with the growth mindset will ensure success for my innovation plan.
My Plan for adopting a growth mindset at my school:
Step 1: Introduce the Growth Mindset
Initiating a discussion from this Khan Academy video which describes how our brains are like muscles. We are capable of increasing our intelligence when we are faced when we expose ourselves to new challenges.
Step 2: The Power of Choice
This entails recognizing that with each obstacle, criticism, or setback comes a choice of how to respond. Communicating to my learners that they actually have a choice with how to respond to each challenge.
Step 3: Making a positive connection to the growth mindset.
As mentioned in my learning philosophy, learning is an active process which must be endured over time. This is why modeling or “thinking out loud” will be practiced heavily for the first few months. I will share a story with my learners about when my perspective shifted from fixed to growth. It is imperative for learners to recognize the different mindsets in their own lives to form a positive connection.
“Think about a time when you might have had a fixed mindset perspective.(Failing a test, practicing for basketball but still losing a game, struggling with math problems). If you could go back in time, how could you change your way of thinking?”
Step 4: Practice What we Preach
Presenting learners with opportunities to practice the language of “not yet” and thinking of a growth mindset will be ongoing. As we approach challenges with our flipped learning model, I will use those opportunities to guide students when they begin to react in a fixed mindset way. I will guide them into reflecting on their responses to the new challenges which will allow them to build grow in their abilities. By the end of the year, learners will create videos (learning environment outline) to inform other about the benefits of adopting a fixed mindset.
MINDSET. Dweck, Carol (2006). Retrieved September, 2016, from http://mindsetonline.com/whatisit/about/index.html