In order to create a safe classroom environment where all students are willing to take on challenges and push themselves, it is important to make the focus on learning clear, make it safe to make mistakes, and communicate a high confidence in all students’ ability to rise to the learning challenges. Use the following statements when introducing a new topic, concept, skill, or assignment in class.
Over 30 years ago, Carol Dweck and her colleagues became interested in students' attitudes about failure. They noticed that some students rebounded while other students seemed devastated by even the smallest setbacks. After studying the behavior of thousands of children, Dr. Dweck coined the terms fixed mindset and growth mindset to describe the underlying beliefs people have about learning and intelligence. When students believe they can get smarter, they understand that effort makes them stronger. Therefore they put in extra time and effort, and that leads to higher achievement.