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My topic is about how you can align your thoughts towards a growth mindset. The purpose of this topic is to get students, teachers or professionals thinking about how they can grow intellectually and remove any negative thoughts they may have about learning new information. Teachers can apply the best practices found in this course with their students to get them to realize their potential to learn.

Learning Outcomes

This course was created to teach participants about habits that are effective to get them towards a growth mindset. When this course is completed, learners will be able to:

  • Know the difference between a Fixed and Growth Mindset.
  • Demonstrate understanding of growth habits through course activities.
  • Correctly identify best practices to support a Growth Mindset.

Needs Assessment


The landscape of the work place has changed. New technology makes it possible for companies to run more efficiently, to have productive employees which assists organizations being on time and on budget. Employees need to be flexible to change, willing to quickly learn new information and master new processes as they are implemented within the organization. There is an administrative need for staff to be engaged in their own process of development.

What is to be Learned

Educators will learn the tools they need to reprogram their thinking or their students thinking to align more towards a growth mindset. This training will give the habits and steps that are needed by educators or students so that they can be productive members of their organization and beyond. This 21st century skill will provide educators with the knowledge they need to be ready to take on any challenges they may face in this globally competitive world we live in.

The Learners

This course can be utilized by educators, students and professionals. This training was hypothetically approved by the Human Resources team and will be managed by the legal team as a way to continuously evolve the organization towards a culture of innovation and ongoing education.

Instructional Context

Access for this lesson will be available to all online via the internet. Materials and quizzes will be available for participants to utilize during the lesson.

Exploring the Problem and Solution

Working professionals and students are expected to learn new skills and new processes that can seem overwhelming and can feel like a daunting task. Now is the time to enable all learners to develop a growth mindset that can provide the skills they need to succeed in their personal achievements.


The main goal of this mini course is to show end users techniques they can use to learn higher order thinking skills they can use that will benefit them in their personal and professional lives.

Performance Objectives

At the conclusion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Understand the physiological factors of the brain.
  • Identify the two types of mindsets and will know how to differentiate between them.
  • Identify the attributes of a Growth Mindset.
  • Determine what they need to accomplish to align their thinking towards a Growth Mindset.
  • Recognize how to develop Growth Mindset techniques.
  • Identify best practices to support a Growth Mindset.

Task Analysis

Prerequisites: This course is organized into two units which each contain two lessons. You will find the unit and lesson objectives below. To make the most of the course and to provide the most benefit to meeting the objectives, you will:

  • read various sections
  • watch videos
  • reflect on your learning

To get the most out of this mini-course you must:

  • Read and view all required materials.
  • Actively engage the reflection questions in each lesson.
  • Apply what you have learned in your academic or professional experience.

Instructional Map

Can be found here File:Heilbrunn Curriculum Map.pdf

References and Resources

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CrashCourse, CrashCourse. (2014, February 24). Meet Your Master: Getting to Know Your Brain - Crash Course Psychology #4. Retrieved from

Duckworth, A. L. (2013, April). Angela Lee Duckworth: The Key to Success? Grit [Video file]. Retrieved from

The Learning Community, The Learning Community. (2014, February 24). Effort is the Key to Success. Retrieved from

Goodwin, B., & Miller, K. (2013). Grit + Talent = Student Success. Educational Leadership, 71(1), 74-76.

Dweck, C. (2006). Mindset: The New Psychology of Success: Random House Publishing Group.