The term ‘growth mindset’ refers to a way of thinking, learning and taking on challenges. A person with a growth mindset is open to constructive criticism, takes feedback and uses it, takes on new challenges, pushes themselves outside of their comfort zone and shows resilience and perseverance.
Studies show that it is people with a growth mindset (as opposed to a fixed mindset) who achieve in life, are successful in all they do and are happy. Of course, this is exactly what we want for all our children.
Having been introduced to the concept of growth mindset at St Nicolas this year, pupils have participated in a range of activities to learn more about it and try to display a growth mindset in school (and at home). Pupils are taught how their brains work and how new connections are formed when we try new things and practise them, over and over.
Below, you will find relevant and useful references for further reading, including a copy of the PowerPoint used at the parents' workshop on Growth Mindset.
Growth Mindsets : Further Reading
‘Mindset: The New Psychology of Success’, Carol Dweck
‘Mindset: How You Can Fulfil Your Potential’, Carol Dweck
‘Growth Mindset Pocketbook’, B. Hymer & M. Gershon
For sharing with kids:
‘Your Fantastic Elastic Brain’, J. Deak & S. Ackerley
‘I Can’t do This’, K.J. Walton
‘The Dot’, Peter H. Reynolds
‘Ish’, Peter H. Reynolds
‘Ryan the Spy and: The Superhero Secret’, Jason Rago
‘Rosie Revere, Engineer’, Andrea Beaty