Praise & fixed mindset

Praise & fixed mindset

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  • I always get As. I can't try that. It might be too hard and I'll fail.
  • Report Card LA A Social Studies A
  • I'm glad you have a quick brain, but I think you need to try something that isn't so easy. If we don't make mistakes, we lose out on an aspect of learning.
  • No. You tried something hard and made mistakes you can learn from. I'm far more proud of you for this C than all your easy As.
  • C
  • See! I'm horrible.
  • Here the student has a fixed mind-set. She has to be perfect.
  • Here the teacher is encouraging the student to go out for something she is not comfortable doing.
  • Here the student is dejected because of her low score. The teacher is praising the value of effort and seeking to learn from mistakes. This will hopefully help the student come to value these as well.
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