CCSD staff learn how to help students develop a “Growth Mindset”

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On March 20th,  125 staff participated in “Growth Mindset” training delivered by Kendra Coates of the High Desert Education Service District. The three hour training provided an overview of revolutionary way of thinking in the fields of education and student motivation. Below is a brief synopsis from the Mindset website. Every so often a truly groundbreaking idea comes along. This is one.
Mindset is a simple idea discovered by world-renowned Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck in decades of research on achievement and success-a simple idea that makes all the difference.
In a fixed mindset, people believe their basic qualities, like their intelligence or talent, are simply fixed traits. They spend their time documenting their intelligence or talent instead of developing them. They also believe that talent alone creates success-without effort. They’re wrong.
In a growth mindset, people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work-brains and talent are just the starting point. This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment. Virtually all great people have had these qualities. Mindset explains:
* Why brains and talent don’t bring success
* How they can stand in the way of it
* Why praising brains and talent doesn’t foster self-esteem and accomplishment, but jeopardizes
* How teaching a simple idea about the brain raises grades and productivity
* What all great CEOs, parents, teachers, athletes know
Teaching a growth mindset creates motivation and productivity in the worlds of business, education, and sports.

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