Better teaching: Mindsets

“Nobody rises to low expectations.” - Calvin Lloyd

‏One of the more generous things we can do for another person: believe in their capacity to change.

My blogpost on why this is important Why should a teacher care about Mindsets?
Students' Mindsets    
All based around Carol Dweck’s book: Mindsets    
Carol Dweck giving a keynote lecture on the subject YouTube. 45 minutes long but worth every minute
"We find thatstudents with a fixed mindset care so much about how smart they will appear that they often reject learning opportunities— even ones that are critical to their success". Another introductory essay from Dweck herself on her findings.
Nice poster illustrating students' attitudes depending on mindset One for the classroom door
Ability and Mathematics: the mindset revolution that is reshaping education
Academic paper, but just the abstract makes grim reading.
The Myth of 'I'm Bad at Math' One of my pet peeves. This from
The effect is strongest for girls Blogpost from mind/shift
And this discrepancy is strongest again in STEM subjects Interview with Carol Dweck on the
Developing a Growth Mindset Culture in the Classroom Teacher Mike Harrowell details his experience of trying to introduce the idea into his classroom
A questionnaire to help students identify their mindset In Word format. Not sure how useful it is at accurate diagnosing a mindset, but it's still a useful exercise in raising awareness
Motivation and Mindset anchoring Blogpost from Joe Kirby
Animation summarising the characteristics of both mindsets (taken from the link above). YouTube. 1 min
Teachers' Mindsets: are students hindered and limited by our expectations?

“teachers’ beliefs and commitments are the greatest influence on student achievement over which we can have some control.” Hattie

A summary of research to date based on both Dweck and Hattie. Blogpost from Greg Whitby at
Having a fixed or growth mindset has a large bearing on how we as teachers respond to constructive criticism. For the educator with a fixed mind-set, learning is the students’ responsibility. If students don’t have what it takes, so be it. Ouch! From
Improving Classroom Performance by Challenging
Student Misconceptions About Learning
Unfortunately, the beliefs most students possess about learning are based on biases, untested intuitions, and erroneous assumptions. From
Same link as above. This is a fascinating paper  

A key difference between strong and weak students is the quality of their metacognition. Weak students are the ones who tell their teachers, “I thought I really knew the material,” and “I studied so hard for this exam, I can’t believe I failed.”

The Power of Positive Expectations From teachertoolkit
The power of yet Carol Dweck on TED.
Parents' Mindsets    
Do Mothers Hamper Their Daughters in Math? The answer is yes. Blogpost from Annie Murphy Paul
Boys are much more likely than girls to be influenced by where they stand in ability in school, research suggests. BBC news report
Complexity and the Ten-Thousand-Hour Rule    
Questionning the generality of the rule From
Dilbert's take on the controversy Cartoon
The Same One Hour 10,000 Times Is Not 10,000 Hours: Practice, Math, and Utter Failure Blogpost from