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Growth Mindset

How does Growth Mindset work in reality?


In a fixed mindset students believe their basic abilities, their intelligence, their talents, are just fixed traits. They have a certain amount and that’s that, and then their goal becomes to look smart all the time. In a growth mindset students understand that their talents and abilities can be developed through effort, good teaching and persistence. They don’t necessarily think everyone’s the same or anyone can be Einstein, but they believe everyone can get smarter if they work at it.”


Pupils who have a Growth Mindset:

  • Believe that intelligence is not fixed
  • Thrive on challenge
  • Put themselves into difficult tasks
  • self-confident
  • Recognise intelligence can continually be improved by effort
  • React to failure by trying harder
  • Engage in self-monitoring
  • Have learning goals