Category Archives: Growth Mindset

Winter Olympics, 2002

Prior to learning about Growth Mindset theory, there have been so many times in my life that I just felt like giving up on goals that seemed impossible.  Can you think of a time that you stooped down to visit that same dark place?   I truly believe that we’ve all been there once or twice!  What do you do?  How do you respond to these challenges?  Well, for me, it varies.  As I think back, I wonder.  Do I strive to achieve my goals?  Sometimes, I have given up.  Other times, I have kept working away.  Digging down, finding the determination or “grit” to fight harder.  I tried my best.  The end result?  It may, or may not have been a “first place” every time.  But, growth mindset theory has taught me that I have accomplished something greater.  The ultimate win just may be that the final outcome when you try your hardest is that you become better at the skills you are trying to improve.  What are your thoughts on the videos?  What kinds of things were you thinking as you watched the students and athletes?

Growth Mindset

Grade 5/6 students have been learning to believe that their intelligence and abilities can grow through personal effort.  They are trying to feel motivated to “get smart,” knowing that effort maximizes ability!!


Activity- Share an example of how you have worked on improving your mindset this year. (“I used to think…” and “Now, I think…”)