Imagine going to school and really succeeding; you understand everything, you’re getting good grades and all the praise you can dream of from your parents and teachers. But then you move up and things get harder, you don’t understand everything, your grades are dropping and you are scared that you will no longer get that praise. You have two options, you can either take on the challenge and get back to where you used to be, or you can sit down when you feel threated by the hard work. In “Brainology” by author Carol S. Dweck, we are shown research concerning those two options or “mindsets” and how we can change them.
Even as a kindergartener my teacher told my parents that she is amazed by the effort I put into something when I do not understand the lesson. So I would say I have a growth mind-set. This is greatly influenced by my parents and always being praised for the effort I put into my work, inside and outside of school. I did have a teacher that rewarded students for their grades and not effort. I can still remember feeling so ashamed when I did poorly on a reading assessment.
After reading the book Mindset by Carol Dweck, I realized that I need to improve on my fixed mindset in a few different areas in order to be the best person I can be. According to Dweck, a “fixed mindset makes you concerned with how you will be judged, the growth mindset makes you concerned with improving” (13). Carol Dweck discusses the two different mindsets and the impact that having a fixed mindset has on individuals in the long run. In order to grow, learn and improve, I need to accept failure, be more confident in myself, and develop better study habits.
In the article “ Brainology: Transforming Students’ Motivation to Learn” by, Carol S. Dweck, she differentiates the two different kinds of mindsets that students have when learning. Those mindsets are fixed and growth. A student with a fixed mindset has the mentality that every student has a substantial amount of intelligence. However, a student with a growth mindset realizes their intelligence is through learning. Students with a fixed mindset tend to give up once they make a mistake, but students with growth mindsets learn from their mistakes.
In the article, “Brainology: Transforming Students Motivation to Learn” by Carol S. Dweck, she explains the different mindsets, which are, fixed and growth. According to Dweck, a student with a fixed mindset believes that they can only learn so much. A student with a growth mindset believes that intelligence is achieved through determination and hardwork. The way parents are praising their children is really affecting their confidence in academics.
There are two basic mindsets that extremely affect students’ learning. Carol Dweck in her article “ Brainology” shows us the harmful effects of having a “fixed mindset” and the benefits of having a “ growth mindset”. She states that the fixed mindset is the most common and the most harmful because it believes trouble is devastating. People in this mindset believe they either are or are not good at something is based on their inherent nature because it is just who they are. They assume success is created from inherent talent and intelligence.
When they do make mistakes or reveal deficiencies, rather than correct, they try to hide the mistakes.” Dweck says this about a growth mind-set “By contrast in growth mind-set, students care about learning. When they make mistakes or exhibit a deficiency they correct it, for them effort is a positive thing.” For instance, my brother has a fixed mind-set and my cousins has a growth mind-set, they have many similarities and differences. My brother has a fixed mind-set because he doesn’t try very hard in school.
In the article “ Mindset” by Carol Dweck, she describes what it means to have certain types of mindsets. One in particular is the growth mindset. “ Yet those people with growth mindset were not labeling themselves and throwing up their hands. Even though they felt distressed they were ready to take risk, confront the challenges and keep working at them” (p.77). Therefore, Dweck explains that people believe that their most basic ability can be developed through dedication and hard work.
The article stated, “people who are not as bright as their peers “compensate by working harder with more determination’” (p.46). This relates to my experience because since I felt slower I had to work harder and study longer. As a result, I even received better grades than most of peers. Growth mindset is defined in the article, “Mindset” by Carol Dweck.
If children had this mindset put in towards their education, it wouldn’t only carry through school work. But in the long run, it aids that person to persist personal goals and it develops great character allowing that person to grow every