Terms: Growth Mindset

The reason I am writing this is because the way that students learn today has come a long way from the strictly text book lessons I learned from in my formative years. Sitting in an education conference I heard all these terms being thrown around and I thought to myself, if these things are flying over my head I would hate to be a parent trying to understand these things.

This week, the term is, “Growth Mindset.” This concept is based on an understanding that the brain is plastic and adaptive, and that most abilities are usually able to be influenced through challenge and work. This mindset affects the way teachers form lessons to really attempt to stretch and challenge students brains. A growth mindset uses an acquisition process to push brain yet still keeping a goal of learning a specific skill. In education circles these are the terms being used and backed by neuroscience. So now, if you hear it you know a little more.

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