Growth Mindset

What is the growth mindset?

Over the Summer of 2019, teachers underwent professional learning on the growth mindset so that they would be prepared to foster the same mindset in students for 2019-2020 school year. The faculty and staff of Macon County Elementary School ask parents and guardians to continue to push this mindset with your student(s) during the COVID-19 outbreak.

The term “growth mindset” comes from the groundbreaking work of Carol Dweck. She identified everyone holds ideas about their own potential. Some people believe that their intelligence is more or less fixed and in math – that you can do math or you can’t. About 40% of students have these damaging “fixed mindset” ideas. Another 40% have a “growth mindset” – they believe that they can learn anything and that their intelligence can grow. The other 20% waver between the two mindsets.

Students with a fixed mindset are those who are more likely to give up easily, whereas students with a growth mindset are those who keep going even when work is hard, and who are persistent.  Jo Boaler, a Professor of Mathematics Education at Stanford University, has done extensive research on how students with growth mindset have higher mathematics achievement. 

I encourage you to allow students to make mathematical mistakes. As educators and parents, it is our responsibility to correct their mistakes. Remember that they learn from their mistakes!

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