How to Talk to Students about Growth Mindset

Published On: December 12th, 2016·By ·

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How to Talk to Students about Growth Mindset

Class Dojo provides several teaching resources to help you talk to students about growth mindset.

You might have heard this term “growth mindset” before; it's becoming a popular word in the education sphere thanks to the work of Dr. Carol Dweck.

After studying the behavior of thousands of children, Dr. Dweck coined the terms fixed mindset and growth mindset to describe the underlying beliefs people have about learning and intelligence. When students believe they can get smarter, they understand that effort makes them stronger. Therefore they put in extra time and effort, and that leads to higher achievement. – Mindset Works

Watch above as SimpleK12's Teacher Learning Community Trainer Monica Burns reveals how to talk to students about growth mindset using Class Dojo.

Monica quickly points out different materials available at the Class Dojo website that will help you understand growth mindset. Dr. Dweck worked directly with Class Dojo to help create these materials and make them available to educators free of charge. There are several videos available that you might ask students to review at home, or watch together in class. Each video resource comes with a discussion guide as well, to help you get started.

For more on using Class Dojo in the classroom, check out the training session, Improved Engagement and Better Behavior: Just a Few Clicks Away.  Learn how to easily document and improve student behavior with this free web tool that lets you engage your students by awarding and recording real-time feedback. Discover how you can use Class Dojo to print or email behavior reports to help keep your students on track. You'll also learn how to sign up for an account, set up your classes, and customize the types of points you award or take away for student behavior.

Are you in interested in the growth mindset philosophy? Let us know how you plan to use this specific idea in your classroom.

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About Our “Growth Mindset” Presenter
Monica Burns is an Education Consultant, EdTech Blogger, and Apple Distinguished Educator. Monica works with teachers to make technology integration exciting and accessible at all grade levels. She has conducted well over 40 unique training sessions for SimpleK12, click here to take a look at more videos from Monica.

About the Author
Kimber Thompson is a Lead Moderator for SimpleK12 webinars and a Contributing Editor for She writes frequently about education topics, and is passionate about tools and techniques that inspire young learners. You may reach her with ideas and comments at

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