Step 2 B: Growth v. Fixed Mindset


After watching the video, use the comment section below to reflect on what it means to have a growth mindset rather than a fixed mindset and how you demonstrate characteristics associated with either or both. Then, read through a sampling of responses from your colleagues.



953 thoughts on “Step 2 B: Growth v. Fixed Mindset

  1. MSoto says:

    Individuals with a growth mindset are eager to learn and take any challenge, as a way of mastering a new concept, or expanding their intellect. The fixed mind set students have the misconception that their intelligence is static, if they do not get a concept on their first try, they will give up easily. If our students practice in and outside our classroom the necessary skills, to succeed in our subjects, they will apply that knowledge in their future academic life. Practice improves the skill that we are trying to learn and with time we will master it. Teachers should see and help their students to think and behave as growth mind set learners.


  2. Hernesto Meza says:

    People who possess a growth mindset are people who continuously see new things as something that can be conquered as opposed to those people who believe that there is no way they can adapt or learn it. I think that the society that we live in and the current time in which we live in shows that we to some extent believe in growth mindset. In the case of technology we have all for the most part adapted to using some form of it. I have the strong belief that people with time grow and adapt to situations proving that they have a growth mindset. Now at first we may struggle adapting to the new iPhone but with time and practice we will learn to use it effectively to meet our needs. This perseverance and desire to truly learn is growth mindset.


  3. Harmony 2S says:

    Those with a fixed mindset believe they are born the way they are and therefore tend to give up easily when confronted with obstacles. They view successful people as a threat. As a result of their fixed mindset they’re less likely to reach their full potential. Growth mindset individuals tend to embrace challenges and learn from criticism. They inherently believe that intelligence can be developed and set goals to get there. They are inspired by the success of others, and develop a greater sense of free will.


  4. Mark Linley says:

    The famous William Butler Yeats quote comes to mind: “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” The same might be said for intelligence. It is one thing to consider it for ourselves and something different for our students – how do we as teachesr change the self-concepts and mindsets of our students? I’m wondering if some of the answer will come in future readings/ videos here….


  5. Harmony4681 says:

    Fixed mindset is when you think that you can’t develop intelligence. Your way of thinking is fixed on certain thinking a certain way. You don’t allow your mind to think beyond what you can see. A growth mindset is the opposite. You believe that intelligence can be developed. You are able to see that challenges are necessary to make you better and stronger. Growth mindset is not an easy way out, but rather it is grit. Hard work and perseverance pays off at the end if you have a growth mindset.


  6. Mor says:

    Growth mindset is the intelligence that can be gain and fixed mindset is the intelligence that is already fixed and difficult to change. Growth mindset students are more eager to learn new things than fixed mindset students. Fix mindset students give up easily on new learning. Mind set students give many excuses why they can do specific assignments and show no effort what so ever.


  7. Harmony Carroll says:

    If you have a growth mindset, the world around you is full of opportunities. For our students with a growth mindset, taking academic risks and failure are just part of the process that ultimately builds knowledge. They don’t mind challenge, because struggle is what exercises your brain. It seems of pivotal importance that all our students share this view. Students must believe that they can increase their intelligence. Without this belief school may seem pretty pointless.


  8. Harmony072004 says:

    Growth mindset is the idea that intelligence can be developed while fixed mindset is the idea that intelligence is a fixed trait. Students with a growth mindset see school different than students with a fixed mindset. Students with a fixed mindset are those who are more likely to give up easily, whereas students with a growth mindset are those who keep going even when work is hard, and who are persistent. It is important that we teach our students that “I can’t!” should not be part of their vocabulary. Instead, they should think that they might not know how to do something now, but they can always try something else instead of giving up right away.


  9. A fixed mindset is where people believe their their intelligence or talent are simply fixed qualities/traits. They believe their intelligence, character, and personality are what they are, because that’s how you were born. They’re unchangeable. People with a fixed mindset spend their time documenting their intelligence/talent instead of developing them. Their talent alone creates success—without effort and everything has to be perfect. “With a fixed mindset you are not a work in progress, you are a finished product.”
    On the contrary, a growth mindset is where people believe their abilities/talents can be developed through dedication and hard work—brains and talent are just the starting point. A growth mindset is where you become curious about finding out what you did wrong and wanting to learn from it so you do not make the same mistake again. This mindset establishes a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great success and accomplishment.


  10. Harmony Figueroa says:

    As teachers, we are work with all kinds of different people that encompass diverse skills, strengths and needs. I feel that it is beneficial to learn from every student, discover how they learn and allow for them to implement those skills in their learning process.


  11. D. Gonzalez says:

    The difference between growth and fixed mindsets has to do with a person’s idea of whether or not there’s still room for learning. Growth mindsets welcome those challenges and learns from making mistakes along the way. Fixed mindsets on the other hand are quick to give up and believe that mistakes are just indicators of failure and thus no progress is achieved.


  12. Mich says:

    Having a growth mindset involves seeing challenges in life as opportunities to learn and not as setbacks. In other words, just because a person experiences failure or a struggle, he or she is able to see what they learned from it and move on. Someone with a fixed mindset, perceives challenges or failures as a reason to give up. This person might think that his or her intelligence can’t change and is fixed and may even perceive him or herself as unintelligent.


  13. Harmony mhc says:

    Having a growth mindset means you believe intelligence can be developed. If you work hard, you will get smarter. Having a fixed mindset means you believe your intelligence is fixed. You can’t do anything to change your intelligence. I try to encourage my students to work hard so their brains will get smarter. I tell them all the time that “smart students are those that ask questions.”


  14. MRE says:

    Growth mindset is the idea that learning new things grows your intelligence. The goal is to learn and that learning will increase your intelligence. Persons with a growth mindset, value the effort and struggle to learn something new and do not give up when faced with challenging material. They view setbacks as opportunities to learn. Having a fixed mindset is believing that you were born with all the intelligence you’re ever going to have and therefore don’t see the value in putting much effort when they are faced with challenging work. Their goal is to either appear to be smart, they tend to give up easily and generally do poor in school.


  15. msmartinez says:

    The video explains the difference is between people having a growth mindset and those having a fixed mindset. As I reflect on these learning concepts, I can see the correlation between learning new things and intelligence. A person with a growth mindset believes that intelligence can be developed by learning thus, approaches school or for that matter life differently. Their goal is to learn so they put in the effort and welcome any challenges or setbacks. A person with a fixed mindset on the other hand is essentially limiting their ability to learn and ultimately their intelligence.


  16. Catherine says:

    I always talk with my students about where they are in their learning and if they are making progress in their academic growth. I think I will start using those specific terms “growth mindset” and “fixed mindset” in my class. During conferences, I’ve also been speaking a lot with parents about looking for growth over time, especially with the new language arts program we are implementing this year. I’ve noticed that I have to overcome a fixed mindset myself about certain subjects, like engineering. I will never be an engineer, but I can learn enough to teach the basics, and maybe my students can take the basic understanding of some engineering principles that I can teach them and take it to a higher level.


  17. Rachel says:

    Growth mindset and a fixed mindset reflect the two types of teachers we have today. Growth mindset is the belief that intelligence can be developed by embracing challenges, having the desire to learn, being persistent in the face of setbacks, and see effort as the path to mastery. A fixed mindset is the belief that intelligence is static by avoiding challenges, giving up easily, see effort as fruitless or ignoring feedback to grow intellectually. I believe I have the growth mindset because I look for new opportunities within my school to be exposed to different aspects to running a school. I want to know why things happen and how things can improve. For example, I signed up for this training because I wanted to know more about mastery grading so I can grow professionally.


  18. Lin says:

    Having a growth mindset means that we deal with challenges, effort, success, criticism positively, we always believe ourselves that we can try harder for a better outcome or achievements. Fixed mindsets go to the opposite of the situations.


  19. Katheryne Martinez says:

    Having a growth mindset is very important in a teacher’s position. We are working with all kinds of different people that bring different skills, potentials and backsets. We need to be open to learn from every student and allow them to discover and use their skills as they see fit.


  20. Veronica Lopez says:

    People with a growth mindset quick easily because they think they lack the genetics to tackle an obstacle. People with a growth mindset believe they can learn anything and do not give up easily. I demonstrate characteristics of growth mindset because I have learned many things in which I had no prior experience.


  21. Lyda Lara says:

    Growth Mindset is the ideal way to view learning and life. When minds are fixed it becomes an almost impossible challenge to bring the most out of the individual.


  22. Helen Cook says:

    After watching the video, use the comment section below to reflect on what it means to have a growth mindset rather than a fixed mindset and how you demonstrate characteristics associated with either or both. Then, read through a sampling of responses from your colleagues.

    Growth mindset is a critical part of lesson planning as well as instructions in class. It’s a governing idea of instructional persistence. I like that the video reflects the acceptance of challenges and mistakes as potential growth in both teacher and student’s side. Growth mindset is something I need to continue reminding myself as I work with students from trauma recovery. I know that the students are capable of growing and developing further on their mind and heart, it’s more of a growth mindset practice as a teacher on my end.


  23. Armando Sanchez says:

    Growth mindset is the idea that one is capable of learning and getting smarter regardless of where one currently stands. A person with a growth mindset accepts challenges and accepts mistakes as learning opportunities. Those who don’t have a growth mindsets, have the idea that they are who they are and will never progress from their current state. The don’t take risks and stay within their comfort zone.


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