Teaching Growth Mindset with Sylvia Duckworth

Blog Post created by community.manager on Oct 15, 2015

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We should all be teaching growth mindset principles. There are so many resources to bring this into your classroom. How do you teach a growth mindset? Here are my favorite resources. Please share yours in the comments.


Teaching Growth Mindset

  1. Show Carol Dweck’s TED Talk on Growth Mindset
  2. Show Students Sylvia Duckworth’s 10 Growth Mindsets Sketchnotes (above)
  3. Discuss the different statements.
  4. Come up with a fun way to “catch” people saying growth mindset statements.



START SAYING THE RIGHT THINGS. OK, don’t ever ever say “you are so smart,” instead, use one of these statements below. It is what you DO. Being smart implies that is what you are. Instead, we want students doing smart things, behaving in wise ways. Here are some growth mindset statements, I use. Please share yours.

  • You worked really hard on that.
  • I’m so proud of your progress!
  • You kept going, even when it is hard.
  • You have a tenacious attitude; I’m so proud that you never quit. And look at you, YOU DID IT!
  • You are unstoppable. Even when you struggle, you keep going.
  • You work well with other students. I like how you _____ (include everyone, listen to everyone, really worked hard to help everyone be part of the process — a true compliment.)
  • Wow! I can always count on you to come prepared to class.
  • (do this privately) I’m so proud of you for helping ____ with their assignment.
  • You really did ___ well because.
  • You know, I appreciate how I can trust you to tell me the truth. We can work through this together.
  • I can tell that you gave everything you had to this project. I’m so proud of how hard you worked.
  • You thought of a great idea. Wow.
  • Oh, I’m so proud that you remembered to do ____. You’re making amazing progress.
  • You know, that was a fascinating way to solve that problem. It showed real creativity. I’m proud of you.
  • Oh yeah! High five! You did it! (Or knuckle punch or fist pump – I do not ever, however, do a chest bump. Not happening.
  • Fantastic! That is so awesome.


We are teaching growth mindset every day. Sometimes we’re teaching a fixed mindset. We can do better. Just talking about a growth mindset early in the school year will help students get on track to learn. You can do this!


Thank you, Sylvia, for such a fantastic sketch note and for sharing them with all of us.


Remember that when students believe that their actions can make changes, they’ll often choose to do them. But if they think their talents are fixed and set in stone, they often will quit. Teaching growth mindset is important to help students reach their full potential. Now, that is something that is really smart.


For original source: Teaching Growth Mindset with @sylviaduckworth Sketchnote