Laura A. Diaz ____ Teach Write

TEACHER, AUTHOR, EDUblogger "I want to (read and) write books that unblock the traffic jam in everyone's mind." ~J. Updike

The (not-so) Secret Ingredient to Helping Students Learn: Growth Mindset

The (not-so) Secret Ingredient to Helping Students Learn: Growth Mindset



*Access the the Lesson on TEDEd by clicking this link—>Helping Students Understand Growth Mindset

Challenges are what make life interesting. Overcoming them is what makes life meaningful. ~Joshua J. Marine

The terms “fixed mindset” and “growth mindset”, although new to me, were easily accepted; and upon reflection, I believe this is due to how they are easily observed within my own experiences. To have a “fixed mindset” refers to  people who believe that intelligence is fixed.  Individuals who hold to this mindset are less effective learners than those with a “growth mindset” who believe that intelligence can be developed with experience and practice.

It is important for the reader to self-assess where they fall within the “fixed mindset”/growth mindset” spectrum.

The belief that your intelligence is unchangeable, to me, is absolutely false. In fact, it wasn’t until the moment I read that statement that I realized just how passionate is my belief concerning that statement.

In the same vein, I agreed completely with the statement that you can always change your intelligence.  No matter how “good” you are at something there is always room for growth. No matter how “miserable” you are at something there is always the possibility of growth.

 For me, it has always bottom-lined at “want to.”  I do not “want to” get better at skiing.  Therefore, it is not going to happen.  Trust me, it’s not.  🙂 That is, unless I am faced with some life-threatening event in which it becomes necessary. Then, you can bet your bottom dollar that I will figure out a way to make it happen.  It may take a lot of blood, sweat, and tears on my part, but I’ll make it happen.

On the other hand, from a different perspective, I can clearly see how my “growth mindset” can differ from one arena of life to the next.  Thankfully, for the most part, I tend to be full feet in the “growth mindset.”  However, I must confess that it has not always been that way for me.  As a child I was trained into the “fixed mindset” mentality and as an adult it took quite a bit for me to get to the mindset I have today. Once I began to believe that I can grow and excel, in spite of the nay-sayers, the result was that I began to see other people in that light also.  Those that others may write-off I never will. That is because of the many teachers and adults in my own childhood that attempted to write me off.

 Taking this into account, I created a lesson plan complete with end of video quiz, discussion questions, and further links to “DIG DEEPER” into the topic to learn more.   Watch the video below and then follow  THIS LINK that takes you to the TED Ed site so that you can explore the lesson.  Leave me a comment and tell me your take on the whole “fixed mindset” and “growth mindset” issue.

Happy Teaching!


14 comments on “The (not-so) Secret Ingredient to Helping Students Learn: Growth Mindset

  1. Letecia Becerra
    June 6, 2015

    It’s not that much of a secret, right?! I wish everyone would “get it” like you do. Thanks, Mrs. D! 😀

    Liked by 1 person

  2. MacJensen
    May 27, 2015

    Thanks a lot for sharing this kind of information with your readers. Your words served to simplify the issue forme and I thank you for that.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. TonyaDeMott
    May 25, 2015

    Thanks for this. I really like your writing. It’s like I can your voice in my head. 🙂 I ordered your book and counting down the days till it comes!


  4. Susan
    March 22, 2015

    Thanks, this was helpful.


  5. Renee
    March 11, 2015

    It’s not my first time visiting your blog. I’ve been lurking silently as a fan since I stumbled upon the sample chapter of your teen multicultural book. Wow, I think that post was like two years ago? 🙂 I’m not a teacher or a writer. Just a fan of your writing and I thought it was about time I at least made mention of it and gave you the kudos you deserve, chica. 🙂


    • Laura A. Diaz
      March 13, 2015

      Thank you for stopping by! Please keep reading and do not be afraid to converse with via the comments section.
      Blessings and best wishes,

      Liked by 1 person

  6. JesseBelle
    March 8, 2015

    I love this. You have real sparked my interest and now I want to go read Dr. Dweck’s book and journal articles. Thanks for the inspiration. Keep it up!


  7. Alisha
    March 3, 2015

    This is just what I was looking for. I followed your TED Ed link and think I will flip the lesson to use for my classroom. Thanks!


  8. Carey
    November 13, 2014

    Reblogging, thanks!

    The (not-so) Secret Ingredient to Helping Students Learn: Growth Mindset | Laura A. Diaz ~ Books and Beyond


  9. Chance Jennings
    November 12, 2014

    Like the voice. Reblogging this.
    The (not-so) Secret Ingredient to Helping Students Learn: Growth Mindset | Laura A. Diaz ~ Books and Beyond


  10. VictorD's
    July 8, 2014

    Hi there, back again. Your blog is truly helpful and informative.


  11. M.Archuleta
    June 2, 2014

    Very informative with a a humorous voice. Thanks for the post and I look forwarding to reading more of your stuff.


  12. Glen
    May 25, 2014

    Great job! I have been wanting to learn more aabout this subject for awhile now. Mindset seems to be the buzz word right now in our field. Thanks for giving me a place to start in my research.


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