Fixed Mindset verses Growth mindset

To begin the year we have been talking about the difference between a fixed and growth mindset.

Mindsets are beliefs about yourself and your most basic qualities. Think about your intelligence, your talents, your personality. Are these qualities simply fixed traits, carved in stone and that’s that? Or are they things you can grow throughout your life?

We started by writing down in red pen something we feel we can not do, or are not good at. We discussed what the red pen symbolizes, which for most people is the colour people use to mark something incorrect.

We then looked at the two different mindsets.

Fixed mindset

Refers to the belief that our basic qualities (intellegience and skills) are fixed traits which can not be changed. The way the students feel about their comment is a fixed mindset approach. People with a fixed mindset believe they are born with whatever smarts or talents they have and if your not good at something naturally you can’t develop it much.

Growth mindset

People with a growth mindset, see their qualities as things that can be developed through their dedication and effort. They’re happy if they’re brainy or talented, but that’s just the starting point. They understand that no one has ever accomplished great things without years of passionate practice and learning.

We then brainstormed some words people might use and say to themselves if they have a fixed mindset. These sayings are often negative and make us feel sad and sometimes even angry.

Mrs. Baldwin explained that it is ok to make mistakes and they are important to make because that shows we are learning and challenging ourselves. The key is we need to be persistent and patient and never give up. This is the only way our brain will continue to grow and allow us to the best possible versions of ourselves.

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Next we got our phrases we wrote in red pen and ripped them up because when we have a growth mindset we will achieve whatever it is that we write down, we just need to keep trying and be persistent!

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We have been watching a series of videos on the Class Dojo site that have explained to us about growth mindset. Check them out here!

Finally we created a display where we worked in groups to decide what we could do if a negative thought enters our mind when trying to do something. These look fantastic outside our room in the corridor!

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Why do you think it is important to have a growth mindset?

What words or phrases can you say to yourself when you are stuck or make a mistake?

Can you give an example when you have made a mistake and never gave up until you succeeded? How did you feel?

 

23 thoughts on “Fixed Mindset verses Growth mindset

  1. I think the Mindset class project is wonderful. It was lovely to see the photos of everyone participating. 🙂
    Leila – Monica’s mummy

  2. Dear Mrs Baldwin,

    I think it’s important to have a growth mindset because having one helps you but you have to help it by persisting.

    I think the phrases I can say to my self-are keep persisting, rethink the idea and I can do this.

    My example is when I got rage because I couldn’t fix a table and I kicked one of its legs of and eventually kept persisting and fixed it.

    Kind regards from Sergio.

  3. Dear Miss Baldwin,
    I think it is important to have a growth mindset because you probably wouldn’t be able to do anything.

    I think the phrases I can say to myself are I can do this, I can’t do this yet.

    An example of when I made a mistake but didn’t give up was when I was practicing my rainbow flip and the ball landed in the garden and knocked over the gnome.

    From Finn

  4. Dear Mrs Baldwin,
    I think it is important to have a growth mindset because you wont achieve anything if you don’t believe in your self. If you have a growth mindset you will always achieve what you set out to do.

    I think phrases I can say to my self this may take some time and effort but I will complete it if I keep trying.

    I made lots of mistakes when I was writing a report on the moon but I didn’t give up because I knew that I would finish a good report on time. I felt proud and it made all other tasks less complicated.

    Did you ever fill that you couldn’t be a teacher because you were rejected from a school? How did you keep going?
    From Tia

  5. Dear Mrs Baldwin,
    I think that it is important to have a growth mindset because then you can achieve the things you want to. I think I have a growth mindset.

    I think the words or phrases I can say to myself are mistakes help me improve and don’t give up.

    An example of when I made a mistake was when I tried to ride a bike but I knew I wanted to ride a bike so I did. I felt happy.

    Can you tell me a time when you had a fixed mindset but changed it into a growth mindset?

    Kind Regards
    Alicia

  6. Dear Mrs Baldwin,
    I think it is important to have a growth mindset because you trust your self and you will do it and complete it. It is important

    I think the phrases I can say to my self are I give up, it is to hard, or I am not good at this.

    When I was little I tried to ride a bike with out training wheels it was very hard but I kept on training everyday then I got it I could ride a bike with out training wheels I felt proud with my self very happy

    From Steven

  7. Dear Ms Baldwin,

    I think it is important because to have a growth mindset because you’ll
    Always do it in the end
    If you try.

    I think the phrases I can say to myself are I can do it and I might need some practice at this.

    An example of when I made a mistake was when I kept badly
    hurting myself trying to do
    a jump on my bike but I did It in the end, I felt warm.
    From Hudson:-) 🙁

  8. Dear Mrs B I think it is important to have a growth because it keeps you confident and happy.

    I think the phrase I can say to myself is I can’t do it yet or I can do it

    When I first started playing basket ball i was terrible but after a month of practice I was a lot better

    From Keiren 🙂
    ps i keep a growth mindset

  9. Dear MRS Baldwin,

    I think it is important to have a growth mindset because if you have a fixed mindset then you`ll never achieve the goal you want to achieve. Whether you have a growth mindset you will try and try again.

    I think the phrases I can say to myself are what am I missing? And this may take some time and effort.

    This last question brings e to a point last year in term 3 when a maths test was coming up and I thought to myself that I`m so bad at maths that I should be in reception learning to do their maths instead of mine, that night when I came home I over herd my younger sister [ who’s in foundation] say she wants to be just like me in maths, so the next day when I finished my test and even know I got a C+ I was proud of myself for doing my best.

    MRS Baldwin did you ever had a fixed mindset? And who kept you going?

    Cheers Ava.

  10. Dear Mrs Baldwin,
    I think it is important to have a growth mindset
    Because if you want to achieve something and you say things like I am so bad at this. You will never achieve that dream.

    What words or phrases can you say to yourself when you are stuck or make a mistake? It’s ok to make mistakes

    An example of when I made a mistake in maths when I made a mistake I felt bad for myself

  11. Dear Mrs Baldwin,
    I think it is important to have growth mindset
    Because your thinking I can do this “not” I cant do this Im not smart oh, I can’t do this do not say that.

    I think phrases I can say to myself are I can do this im amazing!

    An example of when I made a mistake but I did not give up I felt sad and I also felt good.

    From Matilda

  12. Dear Mrs Baldwin,
    I think it is important to have a growth mindset because. It means that you are being positive and your putting yourself down.

    The phrases that I can say are its ok , keep trying , you will achieve it one day

    An example of when I made a mistakes when I tried to ride a bike and I fell into a. Thorne bush but the next day I learnt how to ride a bike with no training wheels.

    From Laila

  13. Dear Mrs Baldwin,
    I think it is important to have a growth mindset because then you can achieve anything you won’t.

    I think the phrases you can say is just try and try, you can do it, come on Gianna, that’s wot I would say to myself when I’m stuck.

  14. Dear Mrs Baldwin,

    I think it is important to have a Growth Mindset because you can learn anything you want.

    I think the phrases I can say are to myself are keep going, its not impossible, I can do it.

    An example of when I made a mistake was when spelling got to hard. I felt dumb.

    From Dylan

  15. Dear Mrs Baldwin
    I think it is important to have a growth mindset because of your believe and be nice.

    I think the phrases I can do say to myself I can do this I can al ways improve ill keep trying.

    An example of when I made a mistake but didn’t give up I was in the goal for soccer and I couldn’t save it.

    By Aimme

  16. Dear Mrs Baldwin I think it is important to have a growth mindset because you pick your self up and try again.

    What words or phrases can you say to yourself when you are not born smart or dumb iv made mistake throw school years.

    An example of when I made a mistake but I didn’t give up I felt so good.

    From Abby

  17. Dear Mrs Baldwin,
    I think it is important to have a growth mindset because you say positive things.

    I think the phrase I can say to myself I cant do it yet or I will practise.

    An example of when I made a mindset but I felt prod

    From Sophia.

  18. Dear Mrs Baldwin ,

    I liked the cup task because the group I had we worked really well together and it was a fun to do

  19. I think it is very important to have a growth have a growth mindset because when you have a growth mindset because if you have a growth mindset you keep on persevering and when you keep on persevering you will learn from your mistakes and then you will finally achieve your goal.

  20. Hi I am from Mrs CDR class and I would say that growth mindset helps me do things like fix my mistakes. Also helps me try harder for some of my work.

  21. Hi I am from Mrs CDR’s class. We were also learning about growth mindset and we had this sheet that was if you had a fixed mindset then turned it into a growth mindset so then you put a sticky note on the paper then our teacher would sign it!

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