Students who believe in themselves and have parents and teachers who believe in them tend to make their dreams of college and career come true. Sometimes called non-cognitive skills, soft skills, or growth mindset, these beliefs play a role in helping students focus on academic rigor. Ongoing research suggests that students need to develop positive mindsets and effective learning strategies to progress successfully through school and into careers (Savitz-Romer et al, 2009; Yaeger & Walton, 2011; Gutman & Schoon, 2013; Dweck et al, 2014).
GEAR UP 4 LA recommends these resources to jumpstart growth mindset in students.
- Teachers can download a lesson plan from Khan Academy which includes activities, videos, and links to helpful resources to start with your students today. https://s3.amazonaws.com/KA-share/Toolkit-photos/FINAL Growth Mindset Lesson Plan (April 2015).pdf
- Parents can learn what a growth mindset is, why it’s important, and best practices to support their children in developing this learning belief by visiting https://www.mindsetkit.org/growth-mindset-parents.
- Just for fun, check out Sesame Street’s new video called “The Power Of Yet” — a message on the growth mindset idea that even if you haven’t succeeded now, it’s just a matter of “not yet.”
Read more about the research here: http://ww2.kqed.org/mindshift/2014/07/16/new-research-students-benefit-from-learning-that-intelligence-is-not-fixed/