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At Meadow Brook School, we have been learning the differences between a growth mindset and a fixed mindset. Last year, our counselors presented a parent workshop on growth mindset and we have embedded this topic within our professional development with staff.
What is a growth mindset?
In a growth mindset you believe that your talents can be developed through hard work, effort and good strategies. Individuals with a growth mindset believe they can "grow smarter." Research by Carol Dweck suggests that individuals with a growth mindset tend to achieve more than those with a fixed mindset.
We are talking to our students about the brain and how it is malleable and that the brain can grow.
Carol Dweck also talks about the importance of providing process praise to foster growth mindset. Please see the chart below for examples of process praise.
Meadow Brook School
East Longmeadow Public Schools
607 Parker Street
East Longmeadow, MA 01028