General Education


October: What is Growth Mindset?

Stanford researcher Carol Dweck has developed the idea of “Mindsets”.  Her research centers around the idea that human intelligence, creativity, athleticism and other qualities are not fixed traits that we are born with.  Rather, they are malleable ones that with time and effort can be changed.

There are two basic mindsets; a “Fixed Mindset” in which people believe that talent and intelligence are fixed and can’t be changed. “Growth Mindset” on the other hand sees these traits as ever changing, which can be developed with effort, learning and dedication.

This idea does not ignore the fact that all of us have different God given talents and abilities. However, the idea of mindsets seeks to not limit how far we can go with experience and effort. Carol Dweck states in her book Mindset, “a person’s true potential is unknown (and unknowable); that it’s impossible to foresee what can be accomplished with years of passion, toil and training.”

At Zion we are actively working to teach these concepts to our students.  Check out each month’s principal’s note for another segment in which we explore these ideas further. 

For more information check out the following video:   Growth Mindset: What it is, How it Works, and Why it Matters

Coming in November “My Brain is Like a Muscle That Grows.”