Mindset for Learning

Supporting young children to become strong mathematicians requires thinking not only about the development of mathematical ideas but also about the social and emotional aspects of learning. In our work with teachers, we consider not only the math games and activities that will support learning, but also how to influence childrens’ beliefs about learning and intelligence. Together we aim to develop childrens’ persistence in problem solving and growth mindset in math.

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Mastery Motivation
Mastery motivation is persistence at mastering challenging tasks or activities. Two preschoolers are attempting to solve a challenging puzzle task. One child makes a mistake but continues to attempt to
Fostering a Growth Mindset
Thanks to Stanford professor Carol Dweck’s influential research, we now know that the types of praise we use with children can influence their beliefs about learning and intelligence—whether intelligence is fixed and cannot
Shape card games
Brain Plasticity
New brain research reveals that through effort and hard work, you can improve your intelligence. It’s common in our culture to believe that you are either born with the ability
The Effect of Praise on Children’s Mindsets
When we praise intelligence, by saying things like, “Wow! You are so smart!” we are praising the person, which sends a fixed mindset message. However, if we say things like,
The Power of Making Mistakes
Recent neurological research on the brain shows what happens when we make mistakes. Surprisingly, the research tells us that making a mistake is actually a good thing! Mistakes are not
Grow Your Brain!
Printable Mindset Mini-books
Printable mini-books about mindset for learning to use in the classroom or to read at home.
The Most Magnificent Thing
Published Mindset Books
Check out these published picture books that can help launch a discussion about persistence and mindset.