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How One School Changed Its Math Culture, Starting With Teachers

KQED News Mind/Shift – Staff Writer

“Many educators are aware of Carol Dweck’s research on growth mindset. The Stanford psychologist has found that the way students think about and approach challenge makes a big impact on their learning. Students who believe that they were born with a certain amount of intelligence that cannot be changed — a condition Dweck calls a fixed mindset — are often afraid to seek out challenging tasks and are resigned to one’s perceived set of abilities. Students who see intelligence as something that can grow and change with effort — known as a growth mindset — tend to persist at difficult tasks, trying new strategies and ultimately performing better in school. Many schools have begun to focus on building growth mindsets in students because of this research.”(more)

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