Growth Mindset

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The focus for our Health and Wellbeing Assemblies this year has been Growth Mindset

Growth Mindset is a theory developed by Carol Dweck, a Professor of Psychology at Stanford College. Carol Dweck has an interesting definition of fixed and growth mindsets:

“In a fixed mindset students believe their basic abilities, their intelligence, their talents, are just fixed traits. They have a certain amount and that’s that, and then their goal becomes to look smart all the time and never look dumb. In a growth mindset students understand that their talents and abilities can be developed through effort, good teaching and persistence. They don’t necessarily think everyone’s the same or anyone can be Einstein, but they believe everyone can get smarter if they work at it.”

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Slideshows from our ‘Growth Mindset’ Assemblies (Powerpoint format)

Growth Mindset Assembly 1

Growth Mindset Assemby 2- P3-4 + P1-2

Growth mindset assembly 2 (P5-6-7)

Growth Mindset Assembly 3

New – 29 August 2016:  Growth Mindset SETTING GOALS

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Carol Dweck has published several books about Growth Mindset, which are very interesting and accessible:

There are also lots of interesting talks by Carol Dweck on Youtube. I have included links to the ones I have found most useful below.

We have planned one Growth Mindset Assembly each term. As you will see from the PowerPoints, we are introducing one key idea each time and revising and enforcing the main concepts.

We believe that Growth Mindset is a simple, yet very powerful tool, which can help children to become successful learners, confident individuals, responsible citizens and effective contributors.

We would really welcome feedback from parents about Growth Mindset, and whether you have heard the language of Growth Mindset (‘I can’t do it ….. yet’) being used by your child.

If you find any other Growth Mindset resources that you think would be useful to share, please email them to me: susan.morgan@southmorningside.edin.sch.uk.

Further Information about Growth Mindset

Education Week article (December 2015)

Claudia Hammond interviews Carol Dweck on Radio 4 (August 2015)


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