Growth Mindset

The term “growth mindset” comes from the groundbreaking work of Carol Dweck. She identified everyone holds ideas about their own potential. Some people believe that their intelligence is more or less fixed and in math – that you can do math or you can’t. About 40% of students have these damaging “fixed mindset” ideas. Another 40% have a “growth mindset” – they believe that they can learn anything and that their intelligence can grow. The other 20% waver between the two mindsets.

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. The two mindsets are associated with different achievement pathways as the papers on this page show. It is possible to change mindsets – my student online class which can be accessed under courses – has been shown to shift students’ mindsets from fixed to growth and cause higher mathematics achievement. There are a range of resources on this page – a poster of math norms, a strategizer card with lots of teaching ideas, a short video to boost students’ mindset, and some interesting short papers.

When a really nice math app gave personalized mindset messages something very interesting happened. In this short paper, Jo Boaler […]

This beautifully illustrated card represents a summary of the messages from Jo Boaler’s book, Mathematical Mindsets, about ways to open […]

Here is an edition of our popular Positive Classroom Norms Poster, created for classrooms in the UK.

Here is a quick and easy download of the summary page from “Positive Classroom Norms” that you can post in […]

Here is a document from Jo with her 7 favorite messages to set positive classroom norms for the start of […]

This is a short (5 minute) clip showing new brain evidence that shows that all students can learn math to […]

There is a huge elephant standing in most math classrooms, it is the idea that only some students can do […]

This is a short paper by Jo in which she describes what mathematics classrooms should look like from her work […]

Here is a new paper by Jo that was published by Heinemann with some important ideas about mathematics messages and […]

Interview with Jo Boaler, Professor of Mathematics Education, Stanford University. SCOPE Brown Bag Speaker 2012-13.