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Develop a Growth Mindset

For: Students

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Social-Emotional Learning/Growth Mindset Universal Design for Learning Middle/High School Strategy

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Flexible Thinking Self-regulation

Develop a Growth Mindset

Many of life's failures are men who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.
— Thomas A. Edison

One of the most important factors in having success in anything you do is believing in your ability to succeed, and understanding that success depends on working hard and keeping at it.

How To Apply It!

  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. There's plenty of research to prove this.
  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.