It's pretty common sense to assume that as a teacher, you have it all figured out. You are quick to assume you have a healthy mindset that speaks character, intelligence, and creativity. But one can't assume he has a healthy mindset when in comfort. A growth mindset is developed in the midst of challenges. Challenges enable us to stretch beyond our existing capabilities.
As a teacher having a fixed mindset can be harmful. And it can impact your work life negatively. When you have a fixed mindset, you're subjected to believe you have to prove yourself at all times. Our educational system is fast changing.
Growing daily with a firm belief that intelligence is something intrinsic and fixed is fast becoming outdated. Intelligence is flexible. Learners and educators are becoming conscious of the fact no one has a firm characteristic. We all are capable of new abilities.
The work of the psychologist Carol Dweck at Stanford University in California is the brain behind the growth mindset. Carol's discoveries infer that beliefs about ourselves can have a genuine effect on academic achievements.
Having a growth mindset gives you a clearer understanding of your limitations and how you can overcome them. If you have a specific amount of intelligence, and a certain personality, you can improve them. But with a fixed mindset that your intelligence is engraved on the wall of fame, learning becomes far fetched.
Developing a growth mindset is important because it gives new meaning to what you strive for and what you perceive as success. When you change your definition, and impact of failure, you also change the profound meaning of your effort. With a mindset like this, you're on the right path to development.
Students who believe that their intelligence is fixed, will not want to do anything to change that. They become self-entitled. When that happens, learning and growth are far fetched. Inclusive learning is helping to reshape how students perceive having a growth mindset.
Here are 5 Practical Ways To Develop A Growth Mindset As An Educator
. Be Open To Change And Different Learning Schemes
As an educator who values all forms of learning, you should understand that there is no one-size-fits-all norm for teaching. What you consider a successful approach for one student may not work for another.
Odds on, we know that the process of change in the education sector and where it will lead is not really ours to control. So even the big life changes we instigate would need a significant amount of submission that we can't expect. In part, this is because our sensory wiring is geared toward consistency.
Consistency is laudable but it's no excuse to resist change. As our world continues to evolve, all educators should try to prepare for changes. By training ourselves to be open to changes, we gain different experiences that would promote learning. We also build strength and resilience needed to keep on going in the face of new educational changes.
. Applaud Your Struggles And Your Growth With Others.
The goal of every educator should be to teach their students without them realizing they have been taught. Allow yourself to celebrate your growth and the growth of your students.
If your students show signs of anxiety or concern in the process, it's an indicator that they have a fixed mindset and should be corrected.
. Emphasize Learning With A Sense Of Purpose
Practical teaching defies any form of prescription. Develop learning with a clear sense of purpose among your students. Be conscious of the fact that the approach used in teaching one class, may not be successful in another.
. Never Assume Improvement Means Failure.
It is a temporary, elusive form of learning to assume that the room for improvement means failure. Such a method of teaching is toxic. Improvement should be allowed to thrive both in the face of failure and success.
We should be brave enough to allow improvements to remain a focus on having a growth mindset.
. How students learn is incredible. They know more than we can tell including the special children. That shows the plasticity of the brain. Don't just assume your method is the best as an educator. Teachers' reinforcement of a growth mindset in his/her classroom is beneficial.
Students are driven by their innate beliefs and how they perceive themselves. Engage your students by supporting them through special tasks. Teach them practical skills and encourage them. This would enable them to stretch their understanding and develop a growth mindset.
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