By: Liz Fox
During his keynote address, Trevor described the challenges of a jungle tiger vs a zoo tiger, and I immediately saw how applicable this was to our students. He describes this in a fascinating video. I plan to show at least this section to my students within the first few days of school.
Trevor referred often to the work of Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck, who used decades of research on achievement and success while writing her book Mindset: The New Psychology of Success.
He outlined the difference between a fixed mindset (avoiding challenges, not wanting to look bad, “I’m not good at math”) and a growth mindset (“I’m not good – yet.” “ I can learn – bring on the challenge. “)
The brain is like a muscle. Neuroscience shows that just when students want to give up is the window of opportunity where the brain is most malleable – brains are built to learn when stretched.
Good learning is not pretty. However, encouraging students to believe in their capacity and to embrace the difficult, they will learn. Trevor says, “Seek out the ugly; in the struggle will be growth.”
Next up: more on Carol Dweck’s book Mindset: The New Psychology of Success.
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