How to develop a Growth Mindset? Difference between growth mindset and fixed mindset


We all know that teaching fraternities spend a lot of money and with years of hard work to become a professional and experienced person in their domain with various degrees and teaching certifications to their credit.
Teachers prepare a lot of curriculum charts, micro planners and teaching calendars to cover the appropriate standards. We have to withstand several hours of professional development to become skilled with all evolving educational pedagogy.

Above all, we connect & collaborate with fellow teaching colleagues to learn and adapt the best practices in classroom. Thereby we ourselves become familiar in preparing various assessments for students and as a result, we can track their progress from time to time.

Therefore with all these proactive preparations, when teachers try to execute their plan and when the plan gets failed, we have to deliberate alternative plans to get students back on track.

And it is a real shocking surprise that students are still not able to clear their examinations successfully.

What would be the problem then….are they not motivated to learn?

Yes, most of the students are not motivated to learn. Perfect lesson plan in place & simplified curriculum alone cannot motivate a student to learn.

Is it not the duty of a teacher to motivate the students? Does the teacher’s role limited only to teaching based on curriculum and syllabus?

It is a must do, that each teacher should know the content and the method to teach the subject more effectively. It’s not the only responsibility of teacher but it becomes a shared responsibility of the student as well for their learning and self-motivation.

How does a teacher become great in motivating students?

A great teacher identifies a student capability and abilities & decides that motivation is the key for success in learning and thereby plan proactively to guide them.

Teacher becomes a great motivator by executing the following strategies in a classroom scenario.

Classroom Strategies to be used for motivating students:

a. Stimulating growth mindset over static mindset.

– Static mindset believes in the fact that people are innate with or without positive abilities and talents.
– Static mindset abilities can never be changed.
– Static mindset learners try to ascertain themselves and will frequently get away from challenges because they do not want to be stressed out.
– Whereas a growth mindset learner believes that talents and aptitudes can be refined and value-added through hard work.
– Growth mindset students enjoy a challenge and see struggles and failures as necessary parts of growth.
– Students with a growth mindset are surely better motivated to work hard.

b. Establishing polite & humble relationships with students.

– It is mandatory to know about each student well before we take responsibility of their wellness.
– We must be aware of their interests and hobbies, friends, family background, strengths & weakness and what makes them more excited.
– The above said factor is very important because each student would require different motivational strategies, and we have to work on it accordingly.

How do we stand-in a growth mindset in the classroom?

As teachers, we can model the growth mindset. And so what should we do?

We all need to understand the fact that we all come from a different background & environment and we learn differently. We get exposed to different types of learners who may be visual, tactile, verbal and more reserved as well.
As teachers it is our responsibility to ascertain the above factors by knowing each individual and strive to teach them accordingly.. And by doing so, gradually students start thinking about their own self and come out of their static mind set to growth mind set. As a result, we can assertively tap the ability & skills of the students and make them grow more & more for the 21st century world.