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Getting Kids to Flex their Brain Power through Growth Mindset

Do you see intelligence as something that can be built upon or something you’re born with? Is failure a positive opportunity to learn and grow, or a negative experience that impedes success? Parents’ answers to these questions can have a big impact on how much children think they can improve their intellect through effort and learning from mistakes. Over the past decade, educators and psychologists have been researching the effects of how words and actions used with kids effects their problem solving and resilience. The ideology called Growth Mindset, one of the most popular in education right now, is spreading. Here’s what you need to know.

Background: What is Growth Mindset?

In her 2006 book Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck published her findings after studying children who seemed to progress most in their learning. She noticed that kids who were most successful were open to try new approaches to a problem. Read more in San Diego Family Magazine

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