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Teach Students to Believe in Themselves


Social-Emotional Learning MS/HS/College Strategy


Flexible Thinking Self-regulation

Teach Students to Believe in Themselves

If your student is easily discouraged or has a fixed mindset

Teach It!

  1. Objective: Students will experience more success if they believe in their ability to succeed, and understand that success depends on working hard and keeping at it.
  2. Instruction and Practice: Incorporate the pointers on the next slide into discussion and activities with your students. Nurturing a can-do attitude and growth mindset takes time. It is not just one classroom lesson, but it takes cultivation and constant reinforcement.

Growth Mindset Language

  1. Understand that your brain grows through practice, taking on challenges, and a good attitude - all of which you can control. In other words, if you work hard, you can learn.
  2. While you will learn with hard work, undoubtedly some skills will be easier and some will require more effort. Each person's "harder" and "easier" skills are different and are driven by their Mindprint skills, experiences, interests, and personality.
  3. You will be most effective if you understand what is harder or easier for you. Use strategies that will support your needs and enable you to lean on your strengths as much possible.
  4. Get comfortable accepting feedback and adjusting. No one is perfect. It is how you respond to your mistakes, take constructive feedback and adapt that will drive your ultimate success.
  5. Remind yourself that even the most talented people need to work hard, persevere and learn from their mistakes. You can learn about a few of them in the Mindprint Game.

Why It Works (the Science Of Learning)!

Research shows that students who have a growth mindset, or believe they can develop and increase their knowledge and capabilities, are more successful than those that believe they were born with their "lot in life". Read the research of Carol Dweck and others on growth mindset, grit and motivation.

Best-suited for students with weaker: Metacognition (Source: Digital Promise Learner Variability Project)