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A Brief Guide To Growth Mindset [Printable Poster Included]

Team StoryWeavers|November 23, 2020|

Growth mindset

“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t–you’re right.” ― Henry Ford

We all have beliefs about our intelligence and capabilities. These beliefs form our mindset. This mindset affects everything we do by telling us if we can or cannot do something. This mindset decides if we push through the challenges or back out. 

Growth mindset is a term coined by Dr Carol Dweck in her book titled Mindset: The New Psychology of Success. It essentially states that people who believe that their abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work develop a love for learning and resilience required for great accomplishments. They also believe that talent is a starting point and not the result. Hence, parents and teachers must imbibe a growth mindset in their children. 

One of the many ways of imbibing a growth mindset is through changing children’s self-talk. Self-talk is the way you take to yourself. It can either be positive or negative. It affects the way you think about yourself and your situation. It also has the power to change how you respond to a situation. 

For example: After seeing the B+ on a math test result, you can – 

  • Negative Self Talk: I am not good at maths. I will never get an A+. 
  • Positive Self Talk: Sometimes it takes longer to learn new things. I will try one more time. 

Shifting mindset takes time and your children will find it difficult to make that shift from negative to positive self-talk. This poster will help them find ways to be more positive when faced with challenges. 

To make it more effective, get children involved in this process of downloading, printing, and ultimately deciding to stick this poster on the wall. Ask them for their thoughts on this and resolve any doubts they may have about this poster. Children can refer to this poster before and after they come across a challenge to develop a growth mindset. 

Download the printable poster here. 

About the Author

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Mekhala Joshi

“Me-kha-la!” That happens at least once when she introduces herself to new people. She’s the only ‘Mekhala’ she knows, and she takes a bit of pride in that. She is a quintessential introvert. Mekhala loves tea but cannot make a good cup of tea and often ends up having coffee. She claims that she takes all adjectives as complements unless specified otherwise. Mekhala is an organizational psychologist and psychometrician. She was a class teacher of 36 adorable girls for two years, grade 2 & 3, as a part of Teach For India Fellowship. And has worked as an independent consultant for a couple of years.

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