At the start of the year, our principal, Mrs Laffan, told Mrs Placek and Miss Crowther about a lady in America called Dr. Carol Dweck. Carol is a professor of psychology and works at Stanford University in America. She researches intelligence, motivation and how people think and learn. She talks about a fixed mindset and a growth mindset.
In an interview in 2012, Carol said:
“In a fixed mindset students believe their basic abilities, their intelligence, their talents, are just fixed traits. They have a certain amount and that’s that, and then their goal becomes to look smart all the time and never look dumb. In a growth mindset students understand that their talents and abilities can be developed through effort, good teaching and persistence. They don’t necessarily think everyone’s the same or anyone can be Einstein, but they believe everyone can get smarter if they work at it.”
The video clip below proves that failing is actually a good thing. Like Carol says, if you have a growth mindset you will believe that if you work hard you can learn new things. At first things might be difficult. However, the next time you do them they will be slightly easier and then even easier the next time.
There are lots of ‘famous failures’ in the world. Did you know that…
* Walt Disney was fired from a newspaper job for having ‘no imagination’ or ‘original ideas’
* A very famous band called The Beatles were rejected by a recording studio and told they had no future in music
* JK Rowling’s first Harry Potter book was rejected by 12 publishers
When have you worked hard to learn something new?
What do you think of Dr. Carol Dweck’s ideas on how people learn?