Student Mindset and Motivation


Return to: ETAP 623 Spring 2020 (Zhang) | Student Mindset and Motivation

Navigate to: Unit 1- What is Fixed and Growth Mindset? | Unit 2- Intrinsic vs Extrinsic Motivation | Unit 3- Applying the Knowledge

My Topic/Purpose

The purpose of this mini-course is to look at mindset and motivation in a Physical Education class. Many times students in Physical Education class can feel discouraged when learning new skills. Students often have a fixed mindset. Finding ways to promote a growth mindset is essential. Motivation plays a critical role in P.E. as well. There has to be both intrinsic and extrinsic motivation. The goal of this course is to understand both mindsets and motivation and the best ways to help students change their thinking and behaviors.

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Needs Assessment

Problem In Physical Education, as well as other subjects, student mindset and motivation are often a stumbling block for learning. In P.E. many times students will have the mindset that they are just not good at a certain sport or skill and that they will never be good at it so what’s the point of trying. Mindset and motivation are interrelated in P.E. Students who are motivated to practice will often have a better mindset. Students in classes, from my experiences, are not always intrinsically motivated. There are many different ways to help students be both intrinsically and extrinsically motivated and foster a growth mindset. What is to be Learned Participants will learn the difference between a growth and fixed mindset. They will also learn about intrinsic and extrinsic motivation. The goal of learning about mindset and motivation is to find ways to encourage and foster both in their students.

The Learners This mini-course is aimed for teachers who are interested in learning about fixed and growth mindset and how to motivate their students. Even though the focus of this course is for Physical Education it can be adapted for any subject area.

Instructional Context This course can be accessed within the KNILT online environment. Participants need access to a computer and internet. Exploring the Problem and Solution Participants will explore different ways of implementing skills to foster a growth mindset and both intrinsic and extrinsic motivation.

Analysis of the Learner and Context

The Learners

The learners in this class will be teachers looking to expand their teaching skills. This course is focusing on growth mindset and motivation in Physical Education classes but can be applied to any subject area. The course will ask the learner to apply these skills to their own classroom and bring their own class experiences to the course.

Learner Analysis

Learners will have an array of skills and will not be expected to have any prior knowledge of the information being taught in the course. It will be expected that learners will have experience teaching in an educational setting.

Context for Instruction

Learners will participate through journals, handouts and individual activities that relate to their own teaching. These activities will be assessed. Learners will be asked to apply what they have learned in this course to their own teaching and reflect their findings.

Performance Objectives

This course sets out to help educators understand the importance of growth mindset and motivation and ways in which they can integrate both into a physical education class. After completing this mini-course participants will have developed a number of skills that they will carry with them into a class in the future. Upon completion participants will be able to:

Define and explain growth mindset, fixed mindset, intrinsic motivation and extrinsic motivation

Use strategies for instilling intrinsic motivation in students in a physical education class

Use strategies that promote the use of growth mindset rather then a fixed mindset and ways to integrate the use of growth mindset into the physical education class

Unit 1- What is Fixed and Growth Mindset?

Learners will examine fixed mindset and the characteristics that follow the mindset. Learners will examine growth mindset and the characteristics that follow the mindset. Learners will be able to differentiate between the two mindsets and how to identify them in students.

Unit 2- Intrinsic vs Extrinsic Motivation

Learners will examine intrinsic and extrinsic motivation. Learners will identify ways to install both intrinsic and extrinsic motivation.

Unit 3- Applying the Knowledge

Learners will develop strategies to incorporates growth mindset and intrinsic/extrinsic motivation into their own classes. Learners will also look at the mindsets of their students.