Carol Dweck’s Mindset — which argues that success depends on our willingness to be resilient and to believe that potential isn’t determined by ability alone — has been driving my thinking for the past year.
People with fixed mindsets, Dweck argues, are all too willing to give up when the going gets tough, convinced that they “just don’t have what it takes” to overcome intellectual challenges.
People with growth mindsets, however, see struggles and failures as opportunities to learn. “The passion for stretching yourself and sticking to it,” she writes, “even (or especially) when it’s not going well, is the hallmark of the growth mindset” (Kindle Location 184).
One of my struggles, however, was having tangible examples of just what growth mindsets looked like in action.
That all changed in our faculty meeting last week, however, when my principal shared this video describing the efforts of Malcom Mitchell, a star football player at the University of Georgia, to improve his reading ability:
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