I am a STRONG believer that by instilling a growth mindset in a student it will dramatically increase their academic success, their opportunities, and their level of happiness.
In case you’re not sure what a growth mindset is. According to the Harvard Business Review, a growth mindset is this: individuals who believe their talents can be developed (through hard work, good strategies, and input from others) have a growth mindset. They tend to achieve more than those with a more fixed mindset (those who believe their talents are innate gifts).
If you’re interested in learning more about the growth mindset, here are a couple of great articles:
Ok, so how do I instill a growth mindset in my child?
Below are some wonderful ideas of how to instill a growth mindset in your child:
- Use the word “yet.” I can’t do division…yet.
- Embrace imperfections. If you don’t face your weaknesses, you’ll never have the chance to overcome them.
- Make mistakes! It’s the way you learn. Look at the mistakes as part of the learning process rather than a setback.
- Give yourself time to learn and make mistakes. Don’t focus on speed. Learn well, not fast.
- Celebrate each goal achieved, no matter how small. Acknowledge the accomplishments and enjoy the process.