Academic journal article Phi Delta Kappan

Developing a Growth Mindset about Teaching

Academic journal article Phi Delta Kappan

Developing a Growth Mindset about Teaching

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To develop a growth mindset about your abilities, begin by getting in touch with your fixed mindset. In a fixed mindset, people believe that basic talents and abilities are fixed traits. Learn to hear that inner fixed-mindset voice: "You'd be able to do this easily if you were a good teacher," "You'll never be as good as that teacher," and "You'll never be able to get these students to learn this."

The fixed-mindset voice also warns us to avoid risks: "If you take that risk and it doesn't work out, you'll lose status/control/respect." And it beats us up if we take a risk and it doesn't work out: "You see, you took a risk and failed; don't try that again. Stick to what you know." If we have major setbacks, it really goes to town: "Why not face facts; you're not cut out for this." Listen to that voice, but recognize it for what it is.

After listening to the fixed-mindset voice for a while, start talking back to it with a growth-mindset voice: "Nobody is good at this right away. …

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