GROWTH MINDSET & THE POWER OF "YET"
Is intelligence movable or are we born with our talents and aptitudes? This question and its answer informs how parents parent and how teachers teach.
As parents, you've probably heard the words "growth mindset" a lot lately. At CAI, we work to develop a growth mindset in students. We talk about it in the classroom and have shared videos and activities with students to help develop a growth mindset.
A growth mindset is pretty much exactly what it sounds like: a tendency to believe that you can grow. Conversely, a "fixed mindset" assumes that our character, intelligence, and creative ability are static givens which we can't change in any meaningful way.
A growth mindset thrives on challenge and sees failure not as evidence of unintelligence, but as a springboard for growth and for stretching our existing abilities.
Our belief is that the brain, as a muscle, can be flexed, nurtured and made stronger. It can develop new connections and pathways. It can, with effort, time, patience and practice, MOVE.
The articles and videos below give an overview of this philosophy, and how, as parents and teachers, we should be speaking with our children in regards to their intelligence, their work ethic and their reaction to challenges.