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
What is Mastery Motivation? Mastery motivation is persistence at mastering challenging tasks or activities. 5 ways to support children’s mastery motivation Two preschoolers are attempting to solve a challenging puzzle
Fostering a Growth Mindset
What is a growth mindset? Thanks to Stanford professor Carol Dweck’s influential research, we have a better understanding of how children’s beliefs about learning can influence their learning behaviors. If
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Nurturing Math Mindsets
Recent research reveals that through effort and hard work, and with a positive math mindset, you can improve your math abilities. It’s common in our culture to believe that you
Promoting Persistence with Appropriate Praise
The types of praise we use with children can influence their beliefs about learning and intelligence—whether intelligence or math ability is fixed and cannot be changed (a fixed mindset) or
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.
Preschool Assessment of Mastery Motivation
Two preschoolers are attempting to solve a challenging puzzle task. One child makes a mistake but continues problem-solving. The other child makes a mistake and gives up. In early childhood,