Fixed vs. Growth Mindsets in Children [0:55]


This very short video quickly tells a story of two kids in class and their internal dialogues as they decide whether to answer a math question their teacher asks the class.  In psychology a person with a Growth Mindset believes that intelligence is developed through effort, while someone with a Fixed Mindset see intelligence as inherited and unchangeable.

Discussion Questions

  • Who had a Growth Mindset?  And who had a Fixed Mindset?
  • When we think that being wrong means we’re stupid, how does that set us up to fail?
  • When we think that being wrong is just a learning opportunity, how will that help us succeed?
  • What can we do to try to develop a Growth Mindset?

Keywords: positive psychology, education, learning, intelligence,


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