Fostering a Growth Mindset in the Classroom

Date: Thursday, October 10
Time: 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Location: 24-307
MIT students have typically experienced years of academic success and praise, but what happens when they encounter uncertainty and failure? How do they manage and overcome discouragement and self-doubt?
In this workshop, you will examine how students' notions of their potential and ability can impact their approach to work, how much they learn, and their success in achieving goals. The first part of the workshop will focus on evidence-based insights regarding neuroplastictiy, motivation, and on how deliberately cultivating a "growth-mindset" can improve students' willingness and ability to face challenges. This will be followed by a discussion of strategies for cultivating a growth mindset in students.
Facilitator: Lourdes Alemán

Learning Outcomes

  • Define fixed vs. growth mindset

  • Explain how students with a fixed vs growth mindsets view goals, effort, attribution of failure, strategies and how these might contribute to differences in their behavior

  • Describe and propose strategies you can use in the classroom to foster a growth mindset in your students.