Growth Mindet Reflection Essay

I have been exposed to the idea of the growth mindset throughout the courses I have completed at Jewell. I agreed with 7 out of the 7 growth mindset questions and I agreed with 0 of the fixed mindset questions on the growth mindset quiz. Though it seems that my current thinking favors the growth mindset I am unsure that I applied this in my classroom. When I think back on my classroom this year I am not confident I was fostering a growth mindset. After reading, “The Secret to raising smart kids,” “Even geniuses work hard,” and “Academic Tenacity” I have a better idea of how to support a growth mindset within my classroom. In this reflection I am going to start by talking about my current mindset and how that applied to my classroom this year. Then I will finish with my ideas for the upcoming year and the strategies I would like to try in my classroom to ensure short term and long-term student success.
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Not only will students be successful when they are in the classroom, but this is something they can carry with them forever. This can be very powerful to teachers and students. I want my students to have a positive attitude towards learning and always look for opportunities to grow. Dweck believes that creating meaningful work and encouraging students to enjoy challenges is one way to build that life long love for learning. “Lets solve this mystery!” is one of the ideas that Dweck shared in, “Even Geniuses Work Hard.” I want to use this in my classroom. When I am faced with a challenge and my students are faced with a challenge it is fun to look at it like a mystery. Mysteries are exciting and challenges should be exciting too. By looking at challenges in a different way I hope to encourage my students to build a love for…