Updated: Mar 28, 2022
Volume 1 Issue 5
March 21, 2022
The Teachable Tutor's Thoughts
'To reach a child's mind, first reach a child's heart."
Edward Mooney Jr
As a parent and educator, we all want to develop the intelligence of our children. So, we focus on developing this intelligence by capitalizing on so called natural born abilities to produce desired outcomes. The pressure to do your best is what we often put on our children. However the growth mindset, flips our understanding of how to develop children's intelligence. We develop a new appreciation for the process of learning and growing in our children. Remarkably, this switch in focus is a 'win win' for parent, educator, and child.
So what exactly is the growth mindset?
Let's talk about the growth mindset
In a nutshell, growth mindset is a general attitude towards life. It is a belief that 'you can'. Research has shown that we all can develop and train intelligence . No longer is the belief valid, that intelligence is set, based upon one's natural ability alone. We now see that the brain as a muscle to be developed.
Let's look at what the growth mindset is and what it is not.....
Benefits of a growth mindset
Why should parents and educators be excited about the benefits of the growth mindset? Firstly, the benefits attributed to a growth mindset are of use to children and adults. With a growth mindset, we along with our children, will view the world and our interactions differently. What were once considered negative experiences are now viewed as positive. For example, a mistake is now viewed as a learning opportunity. While challenges are seen as an opportunity to develop one's abilities through effort and strategy building. Overtime we no longer view our intelligence and that of our children, as being set in stone. We no longer see limits; we only see the possibilities!
How can we become gurus of a growth mindset?
So here are some things parents & educators can do:
First... we have to undo the ingrained thinking that some people are just better at challenging things. Next we need to be a model for our children. Here are ways for parents and educators to be gurus of a growth mindset:
⭐️Show your child that it's okay to be wrong
Encourage your child by modeling how not to be judgmental about the blunders we all make.
⭐️Encourage your kid to take a chance to have new experiences and approaches to problem solving.
These listed practices listed for parents and educators to model for their children should also be incorporaily adult life. The growth mindset is a mental shift we should all take. The mind is vast, so why should we set up road blocks to our endless possibilities. As you engage in daily practice as a guru, your children will learn from your doing, saying and believing in the growth mindset.mindset.indset.ndset.dset.set.et.t.
⭐️Demonstrate being persistent when faced with challenges.
Use language like: 'you can do hard things' instead of 'it's not hard.'
⭐️Turn mistakes into moments for your brain to grow.
Place praise on the process and effort not on the outcome
In addition there are resources, tools and books that can aid parents and educators with nurturing a growth mindset in their children. Here are few them:
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These listed practices for parents and educators, to model for their children, should also be incorporated into our daily adult life. The growth mindset is a mental shift we should all take. The mind is vast, so why should we set up road blocks to our endless possibilities. As you engage in daily practice as a guru, your children will learn from your doing, saying and believing in the growth mindset.
Remember that a fixed mindset is limiting while a growth mindset is freeing. So as the saying goes 'free your mind and the rest will follow.'
The greatest invention in the world is the mind of a child!