Why a growth mindset helps our children (and ourselves)


Having a growth mindset is beneficial, not only for children, but also for adults.  In this talk, Prof. Carol Dwerck illustrates brilliantly why this is life changing for so many children.

Bildschirmfoto 2016-01-18 um 09.14.57(screenshot taken from her talk)

If you wonder how you can help your child, teenager, young adults to fulfill their potential, you’ll need to create the environment that supports it.

In this second video, she points out that praise can harm. In fact, praising for effort shows a remarkable increase in their performance, because they remain confident and engaged. On the other hand, those who are praised for their intelligence showed a marked decline in their performance (29:44) because they lost faith in their ability and became disengaged from their test.

Carol Dweck answers the question “What is something you could do differently in your interactions with your students (or children) to foster a growth mindset?”




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