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The Importance of Developing a Growth Mindset

The Importance of Developing a Growth Mindset

As a teacher and tutor, the number one issue I have encountered in students is their lack of confidence in their abilities and their unwillingness to try. Often when students fail once or get an answer wrong, they tend to give up altogether rather than try again.

Common phrases that I constantly hear are ‘I can’t’ or ‘I don’t’. If your child has uttered these phrases, it is imperative that you begin developing their growth mindset and this often starts with you.

A growth mindset involves believing that you can improve and giving power to the word ‘yet’.

Here are some of Pixel’s tips for developing a growth mindset:

The Power of ‘Yet’

Teaching your children to recognise setbacks as positive and as a way of improving can be beneficial in growing their mindset. Teach them the power of yet- ‘I don’t know how to do this YET’. This teaches that, although they may have failed, there is always room for improvement.

Encourage Your Child to Welcome Feedback and Criticism 

Feedback and criticism are often taken in a negative light; however, they are both positive as they teach children to find different approaches to tasks and encourages them to learn from others and their own mistakes.

Praise your child, especially if they get stuck or struggle 

Praise does not always have to come after grades or reports are received. It is more important to praise during the struggle or the process of learning than at the conclusion. Praise your child if they ask for help or if you can see them trying hard (even if they get this wrong!). This will encourage students to keep trying and to feel that their efforts are being recognised.

Try these tactics and watch your child flourish!

‘If you find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn’t lead anywhere’- Frank A. Clark