Mindsets for learning

When you approach learning what kind of mindset do you have?

“Developmental psychologists have done extensive research on the effects of a student’s approach on his or her ability to learn and ultimately master material. Dr. Carol Dweck, a

leading researcher in the field of developmental psychology, makes the distinction between

entity and incremental theories of intelligence. Children who are ‘entity theorists’—that is, kids who have been influenced by their parents and teachers to think in this manner—are prone to use language like ‘I am smart at this’ and to attribute their success or failure to an ingrained or unalterable level of ability. They see their overall intelligence or skill level at a certain discipline to be a fixed entity, a thing that cannot evolve. Incremental theorists, who have picked up a different modality of learning—let’s call them learning theorists—are more prone to describe their results with sentences like ‘I got it because I worked very hard at it’ or ‘I should have tried harder.’ A child with a learning theory of intelligence tends to sense that with hard work, difficult material can be grasped—step by step, incrementally, the novice can become the master.” JOSH WAITZKIN

How do you view yourself on this front. As a fixed ‘entity’ or someone who can incrementally grow?

Ever considered that your best is still to come and that with deliberate practice you can creep there?

Consider + get to work.

You got this.



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