At school we are continuing to focus on helping our students develop a Growth Mindset. One of the important concepts of a Growth Mindset is to see mistakes and failures as opportunities for learning and improvement. Adults can support development of a Growth Mindset by responding purposefully when a child faces a roadblock. For example, try saying:
- Is there a different strategy you could try?
- Will practicing (insert specific skill) help you get the hang of it?
- This is a great opportunity for you to learn about (insert specific skill/concept)!
- What did you do last time that helped you be successful?
- What a great challenge! What would happen if we (insert suggestion)?
- Who do you know who could help you with this?
To develop a Growth Mindset, it is important that students learn to persist through mistakes and challenges. In addition to praising a student’s effort, it’s important that adults also praise the process. Focusing on the strategies students use allows them to develop the skills to be successful the next time they are faced with a similar challenge. There are many resources available on-line to help parents develop a Growth Mindset in their child.