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  • Changing Mindsets

    Posted by April Weeks on April 7, 2020 at 11:42 am

    What are some of the best ways to help encourage a growth mindset building-wide in belief and in practice? This is only year one in my building, but I would like to help teachers as much as I can. If everyone is in the right mindset, everyone’s professional growth improves. What else do we need besides time?

    • This discussion was modified 2 years, 9 months ago by  April Weeks.
    Regina Dill replied 2 years, 6 months ago 6 Members · 5 Replies
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  • Andrea Clark

    April 15, 2020 at 8:00 am

    I really appreciate having some choice in my professional development, even if it’s just admin asking us what we need and them choosing based ont he feedback. I also enjoy when other teachers present what they are doing in the classroom. Even though it isn’t official “profession development,” I always learn a lot.

    • Kyle Pearce

      April 15, 2020 at 8:51 am

      I couldn’t agree more. Sometimes, it can be as simple as asking your professional learning community a current success and a current problem of practice to help set the direction for learning and growth…

  • Randal T Nelson

    June 19, 2020 at 1:10 pm

    Just like for students, teachers need to be “spiraled” back to this idea. Too many of us have been entrenched into a kind of mindset where, within the first 2 weeks of class, we think we could assign a FINAL grade for everyone in the class. Scary, isn’t it?

    This takes me back to when I was coaching basketball. I talked with a referee, and he told me that there would be a “point of emphasis” on certain rules. Referees would focus more on these rules, and make sure they were intentional in their focus. If changing mindsets into a growth mindset is to be a “point of emphasis” in your building, then teachers need to re-visit the idea from time to time. Accountability is also important, too. This should probably involve reflection on the part of the teachers. It’s SO easy to drift back into what has always been the routine.

  • Iris Windom

    July 8, 2020 at 5:42 pm

    I would recommend that you read Jo Boaler, “Mathematical Mindset.” She has some wonderful insights into helping kids break out of the fixed, “I’m bad at math” mindset. Her website,, has some great videos and activities that encourage students to accept their math-mindedness. You might also consider incorporating number talks as part of your lessons.

    I hope this helps.

    • Regina Dill

      July 21, 2020 at 8:32 pm

      I agree! By page 14 I was sold!