06 Sep 2018


It is highly important for parents, teachers or guidance to know that intelligence isn’t set in stone. It is sad, that some people are brought up with the believe that there are challenging subjects which they don’t have ability to do; this believe is that there are people born with the ability to perform better at some subject than others let’s take mathematics for example. Some people believe that they were just good at challenging subjects, and others just didn’t have the natural ability to learn how to solve very complex math and science problems.

However, researchers have found that children and adults can develop and train for intelligence. One of the important factors for being able to develop this type of intelligence is “the belief that intelligence is the result of hard work and study”. Teachers call this a growth mindset. The term was coined by Dr. Carol Dweck, a Stanford educational researcher. He states that, when a growth mindset is being practiced, the obstacles facing children seem more surmountable.

It’s crucial for students to realize that they are not helpless; they can adapt and grow in any situation or class they find themselves be it commercial, art or science. Just as important as sucklings transition from crawling into walking, It is important for children, teachers, parents and guidance to help students to see themselves as persons capable of growth, this is because, is the belief that someone who challenges us can change us, too. This perspective releases some of the pressure we might feel, and helps us to think more in terms of challenges than threats.

Many people see growth mindset as believing that anyone can do anything with enough effort. However, learners are all different and will have different strengths and weaknesses. Therefore, having a growth mindset does not mean that any weakness can be overcome.

Importance of having a growth Mindset

The finding that learners with a growth mindset can outperform those with a fixed mindset does not mean that trying to give everyone a growth mindset will lead to wholesale improvements in performance. Perhaps some learners have a fixed mindset because they find work so challenging. It is also worth noting the further complexity that a student might have a growth mindset when it comes to English for example, but a fixed mindset in science.

A growth mindset can prompt us to put in the effort to empathize more—particularly when it’s challenging. If we are struggling to understand that so-called “jerk” in our lives, we might be able to say to ourselves, “This person may be having a rough time right now, but she may change her behavior over time.” Mindset and school performance

While most kids sail through adolescence, a significant proportion disengage from school and with that comes declines in academic results and self-esteem. Most importantly for education, some research indicates that those with a growth mindset outperform their peers who have a fixed mindset. These findings have led teachers and researchers to try to develop a growth mindset in students, in an attempt to improve academic attainment. A further concern is that encouraging effort may lead some learners, particularly high performing students, to overwork. It is conceivable that such learners might feel that no result is good enough, and that they should continue putting in more and more effort despite already attaining top grades.

Developing a growth mindset In Children

Various problems and tasks require different strategies and methods to be completed. If your child is struggling with a problem, ask them if there is another way that might work to solve the problem.

Even though you will be tempted to solve the problem for them, don’t. If your child is really stuck with an issue, help them brainstorm what else they can try to solve their problem or complete their work. Try asking them what other resources they have that they can check for more info, such as different places in their textbook, online websites, or even asking their friends how they solved a problem.

Some problems require several steps in order to be completed. You probably remember your advanced high school math classes as having these kinds of problems. But the new rigorous standards being used in school are designed to expose kids to problems that need to be analyzed and thought through – not just answered through rote memorization or quick calculations.

Teach Them to Pay Attention to Their Approaches to Problem-Solving; this isn’t just making sure they are following a series of steps to complete their English paper or perform a math algorithm. This is asking them to look at how they themselves chose to solve a problem. Did they draw out a picture to gain a better understanding of what they are trying to solve? Did they look for the specific questions they were being asked by an assignment?

Problem-solving strategies can often be used in other situations that may not appear related on the surface. You can ask your child how they decided to solve a problem or praise them for stopping to think about which approach to take to solve a problem.

Various problems and tasks require different strategies and methods to be completed. If your child is struggling with a problem, ask them if there is another way that might work to solve the problem.


Article by: Busayo Tomoh

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