Mindsets in Education

Teachers can have a powerful impact not only on students' learning, but also their mindset. Understanding the difference between a fixed mindset and a growth mind-set will allow teachers to focus on the growth mindset of their students and develop their intelligence.


  1. The Power of Belief - Mindset and Success: Eduardo Briceno at TEDxManhattanBeach
  2. I love the title of this article, "Even Geniuses Work Hard".  It provides great examples of how a teacher can instill a growth mindset in students and encourage them to reach their highest potential.
  3. The Education Week article provides insight on how a student with a growth mindset will be okay with failing.  The articles talks about mindset curriculum companies that offer lessons and activities that schools could purchase.  One the organizations is called Brainology.  The link below will take you to the website that provides the Brainology curriculum.
  4. I really liked this article because it does not focus on solely the students' mindsets, but also the mindset of educators.  The article is a very good resource for principals and administrators because it looks at not only how to improve the students' intelligence, but also the intelligence of the individuals who are providing the teaching, the educators.
  5. The article from the Stanford Magazine discusses psychologist Carol Dweck and her work with identifying student mindset.  There is a link to a fantastic graph that shows the difference between a fixed mindset and a growth mindset.  It is a great visual for every educator to see, because it demonstrates a lateral description for how a fixed and growth mindset student will face academic situations.
  6. A wonderful Storify created by a colleague in my school district and 6th year degree program.  Beth did a great job finding additional resources on mindset.  It is worth a look!
  7. What a great tweet and picture that demonstrates the need for teachers to evaluate their mindset about teaching with tools and technology, especially with the increase of tools that are being used in classrooms.