Carol Dweck is a psychologist working out of Stanford University. She researches achievement and motivation. She has put forth a theory about the mindsets of successful people. In her theory she describes the growth mindset vs. the fixed mindset. She proposes that people with a fixed mindset believe that intelligence is fixed. This means that their is only so far they can go, they see mistakes as evidence that they are not smart, and putting in effort is fruitless. On the other hand, people with a growth mindset, she asserts, embrace a challenge, see mistakes as opportunities to learn and grow, and believe the sky is the limit for what they can achieve. Of course, fostering a growth mindset is important for anyone. And of course, explaining this to children is a challenge!
I was so thrilled when Class Dojo came out with a video series that explains growth mindset theory in kid-friendly terms. Above is the first video in the series which we watched and discussed as a group. I encourage you to watch it and talk about it with your kiddos! Feel free to make comments or ask questions in the comments section below. Enjoy!
Meet the Teacher
My name is Miss Labat and I have been teaching for eight years. I love teaching 3rd grade! I am looking forward to a year full of learning new things and having fun! This website will serve as a resource for families to learn more about what the 3rd graders are doing at school.