Here are some guidelines and conversation starters you can use in the classroom.
- Point to data that shows effort.
“Ten minutes ago you were on #7, and now you are on #9. That’s because you made an effort.”
- Give feedback as information, and use it to develop options. Don’t judge.
“I see you are still on the same page as when I was here before. Are you ready to try a different strategy?”
- Make sure student can start the task.
“Tell me what your next move will be when I walk away. What experiments do you want to try?”
- Help identify short term tasks to get larger work done.
“There are many steps to get this work done. Let’s agree on what you can do in the next 15 minutes when you put your mind to it.”
- Be curious about effort taken, whether right or wrong.
“How did you get that 17 + 4 = 21? I also get 21. Oh, you got 22? How’d you get 22?”
- Reinforce that there are no time limits on getting smarter through effort.
“You mean that you haven’t learned that yet.”
- Help them reflect on any effort they have put into the work.
“So you think you’ll get a 75% on the test? Why not a 60%? What did you do to get to a 75%?”
- Identify skills and steps they have already demonstrated.
“Walk me through what you have done so far.”
- Don’t work harder than the student.
“Wait a minute! I’m doing all the writing here. You hold the pencil and write.”
- Don’t finish their sentences for them. Give them time to frame their own thoughts. Listen more than speak.
Download a PDF of this tip sheet: SDE-Tips-Growth-Mindset-Benson