Children with a fixed mindset believe that intelligence is fixed at birth and doesn’t change or changes very little with practice. These students see school as a place where their abilities are evaluated, they focus on looking smart over learning, and they interpret mistakes are a sign that they lack talent. Children with a growth mindset believe that intelligence can be developed. These students see school as a place to develop their abilities and think of challenges as opportunities to grow.
How can you, as a parent, help instill a growth mindset in your child?
Project for Education Research that Scales (PERTS), an applied research center at Stanford University, offers Growth Mindset for Parents resources developed in collaboration with Raise The Bar. With these free online resources, parents learn what a growth mindset is, why it’s important, and best practices to support their children in developing this learning belief. The content is divided into ten lessons, and the entire set can be completed in 30 minutes.