What is Growth Mindset?
In our family we sometimes struggle with the negativity that comes along with generalized Anxiety and OCD. For some children, negative thinking comes easier than positive thinking. This may stem from examples their parents set, or just how they naturally think. I know in our household, I must choose my words and actions carefully. Children pick up on your vibe, so making positive thinking a practice in your own life will have the trickle down effect on them. This is where learning about Growth Mindset comes into play with kids.
Dr. Carol Dweck, a professor of psychology at Stanford University and author of the book Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, studies mindset in children. (See her TED Talk Here.)
She believes children are similar to adults in that they have one of two possible mindsets- a fixed mindset or a growth mindset. I see this often, especially in art classes. Children can be very quick to say they “can’t” paint, draw, create “good” art. Even at age 5 I see self doubt, which breaks my heart because at 5 their creativity should be free to soar without the thought of it being “good” art or not!
Why is a Growth Mindset Important?
This Fixed Mindset can have a very large impact on how well a child learns, their self esteem, and their relationships. Most Importantly, children’s Mindfulness Habits will greatly effect the outcome of their entire life. No Pressure at all right? Our family homeschools and the main reason we homeschool is we place mental health and welfare as a top priority for our family.
A Growth Mindset thrives on the power of praise and focusing on the process and not the outcome. Yes it is cliché, but Life is about the Journey, not the Destination. I encourage my kids to think of their brain as a muscle, and the more they learn the stronger their brain will be. They have the power to do anything they want… including having a positive mindset.
How we are working on our Growth Mindset:
Since our family is currently (and probably always will be) obsessed with Star Wars, we currently use these tools to help work on our Positive Growth Mindset:
(there are a few affiliate links. These do not cost you extra, but may earn me a little money to spend on ALL the art supplies.)
This printable 2 hour workshop from Teachers Pay Teachers (such an incredible resource! ) is broken down into elements that can be done throughout your work week. This instant download is only $5 and comes with a wonderful teachers guide.
This book is all about overcoming adversity, restoring your inner peace and other wonderful growth Mindset Topics featuring our favorite green Jedi Master! We read through it and developed a great vocabulary list for my Kindergartener.
This is a YouTube video of Yoda teaching Luke to use the force. It demonstrates the use of a Growth Mindset (The Force) versus a Fixed Mindset (The Dark Side). We watched this multiple times. My kids burst into a fit of giggles because my husband always reads the Star Wars Intros very very dramatically for them.
Teacher Paul P Created these amazing Star Wars Posters that can be found Here.
I want to have these professionally Printed for my studio I love them so much.