In “Boosting Achievement with Messages that Motivate,” Carol Dweck describes how classroom messages can help in developing growth mindset, thus enhancing student’s motivation and ultimately resulting in greater achievement. The next three posts will discuss practical strategies for encouraging growth mindset in the classroom: how you can use the course structure, syllabus, assessment, feedback, and communication to foster growth mindset.
The syllabus can be used to encourage growth mindset by including messages or
policies that focus on incremental development and improvement, put value on
hard work and effort as a way to achieve mastery, and provide opportunity for
formative feedback. Santa Monica College partners with PERTS Lab at Stanford
University and UCLA in a student success initiative called GRIT.
offers a rubric
intended to assess how your current syllabus encourages growth mindset, several
of growth mindset and fixed mindset language, and a handout
on fostering deep learning by incorporating the principles of growth mindset