Friday, July 29, 2016

A Growth Mindset is a Learning Mindset

I had the pleasure of meeting Carol Dwek when I was serving as Chief Academic Officer for the San Francisco Unified School District.  Her work on growth mindset was critical in the development of our new math course sequence.  The notion that students, through their productive struggle can improve their brain capacity, as well as their results, was valuable in informing my efforts at developing the kind of sequence that encouraged productive struggle.  

The concept of growth mindset applies not only to students and their academic endeavors, but is an important concept for everyone.  In this new global environment, where multiple cultures share common spaces and experiences, and technology facilitates communication, a mindset that is open to new ideas and new learning will be critical.  We must embrace the kind of mindset that will continue growing and developing, so that we can take advantage of the opportunities that present themselves, and take on the challenges that may confront us.  Carol wrote a great article on this topic, The Antidote to Our Anxious Times Is a Learning Mindset.

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