Caroline Prydal: Growth Mindset Within the Classroom


Welcome to my Mini Course: Growth Mindset Within the Classroom.

Return to: ETAP 623 Fall 2019 (Zhang) | About Caroline Prydal

An Overview

To engage most learners, it is imperative for them to have accessibility to a growth mindset. This mindset is one that allows for students to set goals and reach them by understanding the power of "yet."

There are two types of mindsets: Fixed and growth.

The fixed mindset is one where people believe they are only capable of learning and understanding to a certain ability. A fixed mindset might sound something like "I am not a math person, I just can't be successful when it comes to mathematics," "I am not athletic, I will never be able to throw a baseball," or "this is incredibly hard, I give up."

A growth mindset is someone who believes they have the capability to do something, but they need to continue to practice and hone their skills. This might sound like "I struggled on that math test, but if I continue to study I can become better," "I really want to throw a baseball, so I need so find someone to practice with," or "This is hard to understand but I will get there by asking questions."

Why is it important for educators to instill growth mindset? How do we effectively instill these concepts within our students, even the most difficult?

Needs Assessment

A Problem we face today in education: Within our classrooms, many students are unmotivated to work on challenging concepts. Many times, people say they are incapable of completing tasks because they don't have the knowledge or ability to do so. Children tend to underperform on concepts that they consider to be challenging, not because they are incapable of completing the task but rather because they "shut down" before they can even try. This proves to be a challenge for teachers across all curriculums and ages. Teachers need to help children overcome their negative views of themselves to reach the child's full potential. Carol Dweck puts it best when she said that growth mindset "played a key role in their motivation and achievement, and we found that if we changed students’ mindsets, we could boost their achievement. (Dweck, 2019)"

Throughout this course you will learn how growth mindset can empower both your teaching and your students. Participants in this course should be those who work directly with children.

Performance Objectives

At the end of this course, participants will be able to do the following:

Participants will be able to define growth mindset and its importance to the child's learning experience.

Participants will be able to construct an argument that supports the use of growth mindset.

Participants will be able to create their own growth mindset activities based on the information provided.

Course Units

Unit 1: An Overview of growth versus fix mindset

How do we identify different mindsets? Here you will learn the difference between a growth and fixed mindset.

Unit 2: Instilling growth mindset on an elementary level

How do we help students believe in the benefits of a growth mindset? Here you will learn of different aspects of an effective implementation of growth mindset int he elementary classroom.

Unit 3: Instilling growth mindset on the secondary level

How do we help students believe in the benefits of a growth mindset? Here you will learn of different aspects of an effective implementation of growth mindset int he secondary classroom.

Unit 4: Constructing your own growth mindset activity

Here, you will develop your own activity for your students.

Unit 5: Reflecting on the effectiveness of growth mindset

Reflect on your learning. What did you take away from the course? How will the information you gathered benefit your teaching?

Your Submissions

Submit your activity and reflection here. This is a blank document you can use to guide your learning.

References and Resources

Dweck, C. (2019, May 8). Carol Dweck Revisits the 'Growth Mindset'. Retrieved from