Growth Mindset

Task 1: Read the article Transforming Students’ Motivation to Learn, by Carol S. Dweck, Winter 2008, (following pages) before coming to class. Highlight the things you find interesting as you read.

Task 2: Think about yourself and your own mindset about mathematics and Engineering. Think about your personal science history in light of what Carol S. Dweck and her graduate students have discovered about mindsets and learning.

Write a draft of a paragraph or two about your reaction to this article. You might include thoughts about the following.

• How did the article make you feel?

• Do you believe you have a fixed mindset or a growth mindset? Explain why.

• How might the article influence how your approach to your classes, particularly Engineering and Science classes, this semester?


“Growth Mindset”

I’m studying for my Health & Medical class and don’t understand how to answer this. Can you help me study?

My professor said,

1st – Watch this video on growth mindset by the renowned Stanford researcher Carol Dweck:
Growth Mindset Video (Links to an external site.)

2nd – Download and see how the the growth and fixed mindsets are compared.
Mindset Comparison Sheet

3rd – The assignment

Think about an important event in your life where you failed and didn’t have the outcome you originally wanted. An example could be doing poorly on an exam (SATs), losing an important sporting event, not receiving a job you wanted, not wining an award you worked hard for, or any other impactful event.

Now that you have watched the Growth Mindset video and looked over the mindset comparison handout complete the following assignment:

Write 2-4 paragraphs addressing these questions:

  1. Did you go into the event with a fixed or growth mindset?
  2. Did your mindset change as a result of failing?

Addressing atleast two of the components listed below how could you reframe your mindset for the future?

  • Challenges
  • Obstacles
  • Effort
  • Criticism
  • Success of others

**Make sure to highlight or underline the two components you chose to focus on to receive full credit on the assignment.**