December 4, 2017
Mindsets in teaching and learning are being recognized as a core foundation in education according to Heritage Institute instructor Brenda McKinney. Brenda has used research from brain-based learning as well as the writings on growth mindset from Carol Dweck to become a highly effective classroom teacher and coach to other teachers.
Learn about Mindsets in the Classroom in this Tips for Teachers in 5 Minutes or Less video from The Heritage Institute.
Some of what you'll learn in this video:
Brenda often gets the question, "What if I learn about Mindsets and I still can't change the way kids look at learning?"
Her answer? "You absolutely can!"
Here are 5 of the tips Brenda recommends for getting started with shifting Mindsets.
1. You have to believe that kids have a malleable brain. It's plastic, we can change it! When kids believe that, they're going to try harder and longer and labels and stereotypes fall away.
2. Praise effort and hard work! Stop looking at talent, stop looking at performance.
3. Embrace those mistakes, and actually celebrate them. Making mistakes and re-doing is part of how the brain learns.
4. Focus on process, not on the final product. Focus on the process when all the learning in the brain is going on.
5. Think "Not yet." Their brain is just not there yet. When a student can tell you, "My brain is just not there yet!" That is different than saying, "I don't get it."