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When people are in a growth mindset, they look at their talent and abilities as things that can be developed through hard work, good strategies, or help and input from others.They’re more willing to jump in, take a challenge, and roll with the punches because they’re not seeing everything as reflecting on their deep permanent ability. - Carol Dweck
Researchers have also learned that we can encourage students to adopt more of a growth mindset by changing the way the interactions with them occur.
Unproductive effort is never a good thing. It’s critical to reward not just effort but learning and progress, and to emphasize the processes that yield these things, such as seeking help from others, trying new strategies, and capitalizing on setbacks to move forward effectively.
People often confuse a growth mindset with being flexible or open-minded or with having a positive outlook— qualities they believe they’ve simply always had. A “pure” growth mindset doesn’t exist, which we have to acknowledge in order to attain the benefits we seek.
Based on her research, Carol Dweck divided people into two categories:
Dweck outlines the main attributes that create a growth-mindset environment: