2 | Growth Mindset: Persisting in the Face of Challenges

Student who have failed repeatedly may be likely to form a belief that mistakes or extra effort are signs that they are not smart and never will be, a frame of mind called a fixed mindset. In contrast, when students have a growth mindset, they believe that their intelligence is malleable, something that they can increase through struggle. These mindsets play an important role in students’ academic success. Students who believe their intelligence grows with effort tend to take on more risks and persist in the face of failure. In this session, participants will explore the difference between a growth and fixed mindset and learn how the language and messages educators use can help students foster a growth mindset.