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The Power of Yet

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Week 5, Term One 2019

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In Year 3, we might not be able to do it…YET! Why do some students rebound from failure, while others seem devastated by even the smallest setback?

Carol Dweck coined the terms fixed and growth mindset to describe the beliefs individuals have about learning and intelligence. Students who believe they can get smarter, understand that effort makes them stronger.

Individuals who believe their talents can be developed (through hard work, good strategies, and input from others) have a growth mindset. They tend to achieve more than those with a more fixed mindset (those who believe their talents are innate gifts). This is because they worry less about looking smart and they put more energy into learning.

Our Year 3 students have been displaying their understanding of fixed and growth mindset and have become very familiar with the idea that they may not be able to do something…yet!

View Carol Dweck's TED Talk, The Power of Yet here.

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