“I have the smartest class in the whole school!”
One of the hardest changes I have had to make when transitioning to a growth-minded classroom was changing how I praise my students. Although it seems counterintuitive, telling my students they are “smart” can actually harm their performance and instill a fixed mindset. Instead, if I choose to praise the effort my students have put into a task, I am praising an ability that can be controlled and improved. In doing this, I have found that my students feel empowered over what they are doing and continue exhibiting behavior that will lead to perseverance and success.
By changing how you praise, you allow students to dismiss thinking that they are
“not a math person”
and instead value the process, the strategies they use, and the amount of time they spend improving their abilities.
Need a visual? Click on the image below to see a video of how Ms. Stewart uses process praise to develop a growth mindset.
Try using this graphic to help change how you praise your students and be sure to come back and share with me the differences you noticed.
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