Day 22: Modelling a Growth Mindset

Written and shared by Daniel Pinizzotto. Daniel is a Math, Physics, and Computer Programming teacher; learning to step outside the box and trying to bring tech into the class more effectively. Follow him on Twitter: @mrpinizzotto
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Thinking About Math Education

Yesterday I went to Edcamp London and went into a session about growth mindset.  Not knowing what this would entail, I was wondering if the topic was going to focus on the growth mindset of educators or students.  When I went in I was hoping to get the perspective on how we as educators can help students in their mindset.  I currently feel that my Grade 12 class would benefit from me educating them on persevering in their education as most are off to college in September.  It was my goal to get a better idea of how I could educate my students to have a better mindset in their future education.

Great conversations started from Andrew Kwiecien, Ryan Chisholm, and Jeremie Roselle about the book on mindset from Carol Dweck.  The book covers how we can use our growth mindset when we want by looking at…

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One thought on “Day 22: Modelling a Growth Mindset”

  1. Here is the comment that I left on Daniel’s original post:

    Daniel, I love this post for a few reasons. First, in writing it, you are actually pointing to the growth mindset that you have—consciously or unconciously—adopted in your own teaching life.

    Second, it points to the comfort level that we need to develop ourselves in order to nurture this in others.

    Your post—and i think that this is a difficult one—your reflections point directly to the set of values that underpin our various assessment and evaluation protocols. Isn’t it true that Math education has, traditionally, been a matter of “getting it right”. You either get it right or you don’t. Oh sure, there have been marks given for showing your work along the way, but I don’t think that our evaluation mindsets and reporting mechanisms have really caught up with the type of approach for which you are so bravely advocating.

    I also love the fact that you’ve pointed us in the direction of the masks that we don in order to make our way in the world. It provides me with an opportunity to share one of the most powerful commentaries I’ve heard on this. I first heard it in the mid-80’s (1980’s) and have carried it with me ever since:

    “I’m not who I think I am; I’m not who YOU think I am. But…I am who ‘I think you think I am'”.

    I’ll just kind of throw that one out there without further commentary!

    Thanks for this post and the opportunity to participate in a conversation for which I was not physically present!



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