14 Resources on Teaching a Growth Mindset

14 Resources on Teaching A Growth Mindset

Research shows that teachers can greatly influence student mindsets. Learners who believe they can grow their basic abilities are more motivated and successful than students who believe their abilities are fixed. Here is a curated list of resources just released on ASCD myTeachSource that show you effective feedback strategies and how you can create a risk-tolerant, pro-growth learning environment from top education experts.

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“Grading for Growth” Issue from ASCD Express

Turn grades into meaningful measures of mastery by looking for ways to amplify formative feedback, treating failures as beneficial to learning, and giving students opportunities to revise their work.

Even Geniuses Work Hard by Carol Dweck for Educational Leadership

We can design and present learning tasks in a way that helps students develop a growth mindset, which leads to not just short-term achievement but also long-term success.

Closing the Attitude Gap: How to Fire Up Your Students to Strive for Success Webinar by Baruti Kafele

In this thought-provoking webinar based on his book Closing the Attitude Gap, Kafele offers practical strategies and illustrative anecdotes drawn from his 20-plus years as a teacher and principal in inner-city schools.

Going for the Growth by Julia Dermody for Educational Leadership

It’s crucial that English language learners believe their effort makes a difference in how much they learn. Here’s how to foster a growth mindset.

Feedback That Feeds Forward Empowers a Growth Mindset from ASCD Express

Learn ways to hone teacher-directed and peer-to-peer feedback so that it is formative and encourages students to persist toward a defined goal.

I Can Climb the Mountain by Maddie Witter for Educational Leadership

By helping students set goals and find pathways to reach those goals, educators can give them the gift of hope.

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Mindset 20/20 by Laura Varlas for ASCD Express

Have approaches to mindset become blurry? Learn how experts such as Carol Dweck are highlighting the myths and misconceptions that are leading some to adopt “false growth mindsets” or to simply “praise effort” regardless of outcome.

Creating the Mindset for Restorative Practices by Dominique Smith, Douglas B. Fisher and Nancy E. Frey in Better Than Carrots or Sticks

Read how schools with a growth mindset believe in their capacity to change, a process that requires buy-in across the entire school and must relentlessly focus on examining long-held practices.

Designing Advisories for Resilience from Educational Leadership

Learn how students give and receive support in effective advisories.

The Just-Right Challenge from Educational Leadership

Read more about how to get students pumped up to do hard work.

ASCD Books

Fostering Grit: How do I prepare my students for the real world? (ASCD Arias) by Thomas R. Hoerr

Veteran school leader Thomas R. Hoerr shows what teaching for grit looks like and provides a sample lesson plan and self-assessments, along with a six-step process applicable across grade levels and content areas to help students build skills they need to succeed in school and in life.

Freedom to Fail (ASCD Arias) by Andrew K. Miller

Miller provides a raft of strategies for ensuring that students experience small, constructive failures as a means to greater achievement, and offers practical suggestions for ensuring that constructive failure doesn’t detrimentally affect students’ summative assessments.

Closing the Attitude Gap: How to Fire Up Your Students to Strive for Success  by Baruti Kafele

In this inspiring and thought-provoking book, Baruti Kafele makes the case that the “attitude gap” that often affects underperforming students can only be closed if educators first help students develop the will to strive for excellence.

Differentiation in Middle and High School: Strategies to Engage All Learners by Kristina J. Doubet and Jessica A. Hockett

This one-stop resource for middle and high school teachers explores how to use differentiated instruction to help students become more successful learners—regardless of background, native language, learning style, motivation, or school savvy.


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