Growth Mindset


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Personal growth + determination = Growth Mindset.

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Welcome to the Growth Mindset Course!

This mini-course focuses on the important topic of how you can align your thoughts towards a growth mindset. Students or professionals often think about ways they can grow intellectually. This course will show you how to do it and remove any negative thoughts from their mind.

The 21st century demands that students and professionals have a wide range of abilities and competencies. Students and professionals exhibiting a growth mindset will dominate over those with a fixed mindset. When your mind is open to improving, you know that working hard and having ambition delivers positive results. Being a dreamer is a great way to work towards a goal. You have the power to choose your situation and can make the right choice over the wrong one. It is all inside you. Having and believing in a goal make life worthwhile.

This mini-course will show you that mistakes can actually teach you to do better, so learn from them and don’t be afraid to make them along your journey. Practicing anything makes you a better, smarter person. Utilizing tools to develop a Growth mindset can help you to do great things.

Helpful Notes About This Course

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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.

Unit 1: What is Mindset and how does it impact Learning?

Unit 1 Objective:

Learners will describe the physiological factors of the brain.

Lesson 1: What is the difference between a Fixed Mindset and Growth Mindset?

Lesson 1 Objective:

Learners will:
Identify the two types of mindsets and will know how to differentiate between the two.

Lesson 2: What are the characteristics of a Growth Mindset?

Lesson 2 Objective:

Learners will:
Identify the attributes of a Growth Mindset.

Unit 2: What life skills can be developed by changing your thinking towards a Growth Mindset?

Unit 2 Objective:

Learners will determine what they need to accomplish to align their thinking towards a Growth Mindset.

Lesson 3: How do you develop and nurture your own Growth Mindset?

Lesson 3 Objective:

Learners will:
Recognize how to develop Growth Mindset techniques.

Lesson 4: How do you put Growth Mindset to practice to support your growth?

Lesson 4 Objective:

Learners will:
Identify best practices to support a Growth Mindset.


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Ottersen, O. P. (2010). How hardwired is the brain? Technological advances provide new insight into brain malleability and neurotransmission. Nutrition Reviews, 68, S60-S64. doi: 10.1111/j.1753-4887.2010.00350.x

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

Dweck, C. S. (2010). Even Geniuses Work Hard. Educational Leadership, 68(1), 16-20.

O'Connor, A. J., Nemeth, C. J., & Akutsu, S. (2013). Consequences of Beliefs about the Malleability of Creativity. Creativity Research Journal, 25(2), 155-162. doi: 10.1080/10400419.2013.783739

Kinlaw, C. R., & Kurtz-Costes, B. (2007). Children's Theories of Intelligence: Beliefs, Goals, and Motivation in the Elementary Years. Journal of General Psychology, 134(3), 295-311.

Burns, K. C., & Isbell, L. M. (2007). Promoting malleability is not one size fits all: Priming implicit theories of intelligence as a function of self-theories. Self & Identity, 6(1), 51-63. doi: 10.1080/15298860600823864

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LeRoy, M. (Producer), & Fleming, V. (Director). (1939). The wizard of Oz [Motion picture]. USA: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM).

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Additional Links

Teachers can use the following links to assist them in their classrooms.