Can we develop intelligence over time or is our intelligence fixed and determined for us. This has been a question that has been debated for some time. Individuals with a fixed mindset believe that their intelligence is simply an inborn trait—they have a certain amount, and that's that. In contrast, individuals with a growth mindset believe that they can develop their intelligence over time (Blackwell, Trzesniewski, & Dweck, 2007; Dweck, 1999, 2007).
The key to our success as educators is to develop that growth mindset in ourselves and our students. We need to develop a culture of risk taking and challenge our students and ourselves to step out of our comfort zones, to challenge our intellect and sometimes even our beliefs.
How can we emphasize the focus on the challenge and not just the success. How do we engage all of our students in the learning process and perhaps more importantly how can we utilize the skills, talents and abilities of our students to help one another achieve that growth mindset that we yearn for.
This week we are going to try something new on #edchatri by delivering an article as a pre-read to this Sunday's conversation. There are of course many articles out there, but this one by Carol Dweck does a great job looking at the many components of growth mindset. Enjoy "Even Geniuses Work Hard" and we will see you Sunday at 8 PM on #edchatri.
Don Miller -