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Growth Mindset Comparison for Educators

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Most educators have heard the cliché, “look before you leap.” This is pretty sage advice for anyone preparing for a journey or a new project, but how many people really take a solid look at their current situation before committing to establishing a growth mindset in their school?

Many of us have been guilty of this error of omission more times than we would like to admit. Most of us have spent the majority of our lives unconsciously teetering back and forth between fixed to growth mindsets- usually spending most too much time in a fixed mindset.

So, let’s take a look at some of the differences between the two types of mindsets, as you contemplate cultivating a growth mindset in your school or district.

BASIC BELIEF

Fixed Mindset

  • Intelligence is inherent and static
  • Abilities and potentials have been predetermined

Growth Mindset

  • Intelligence is fluid and continuously developing
  • Abilities and potentials are still unfolding based on effort

WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE

Fixed Mindset

  • The desire to appear smart

Growth Mindset

  • The desire to learn

HOW CHALLENGES ARE MET

Fixed Mindset

  • Avoid challenges
  • Stick with what you know

Growth Mindset

  • Embrace challenges
  • Seek out new learning opportunities

EFFORT

Fixed Mindset

  • Effort is fruitless
  • You’re either good at it or not

Growth Mindset

  • Effort is the path to mastery
  • Failure is an opportunity to learn

CRITICISM

Fixed Mindset

  • Ignores constructive feedback (because it’s too personal)

Growth Mindset

  • Embraces constructive criticism
  • Learns from mistakes

SUCCESS OF OTHERS

Fixed Mindset

  • Feels threatened when others succeed

Growth Mindset

  • Admires the success of others
  • Looks for lessons and inspiration

EFFECT ON OTHERS

Fixed Mindset

  • Gets in the way of cooperation
  • Becomes defensive or proud

Growth Mindset

  • Facilitates cooperation
  • Open to the skills and suggestions of others

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