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Growth v. Fixed Mindset: A Choice

Posted on September 17, 2014 at 4:35 PM

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  • After viewing the material in the content, describe which "mindset" best describes you.

  • Identify examples of how you are either mindset.

  • Knowing that both mindsets are a choice (a perspective one can choose to cultivate or not) explain why you are choosing to stick with the one that best describes you or changing to a new one; why?

 


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Reply Sierra Golino
10:44 AM on September 25, 2014 
After reading all five articles I know that I have a growth mindset. A year ago I had a fixed mindset. It took being burned and learning how to walk again for me to recognize that I had a choice.
A year ago I lived a very stagnant life.I heard the very loud voice of doubt inside of myself and from people around me. My biggest fear was the criticism I would receive from people that I thought I needed in my life. By freeing myself from those people I was able to turn a fixed mindset into a growth mindset.
Being 30 and going back to school shows my growth mindset. These last five weeks have been a huge struggle for me. But I have embraced this challenge and I truly want to learn as much as I can. Before I would have felt threatened by others success but now I am finding lessons and inspiration in the success of others.
In all the articles it talks about struggle. In the article struggle for smarts it says "In America we see struggle as an indicator that you're just not very smart... In Asian cultures they tend to see struggle more as an opportunity... struggling becomes a chance to show the student has what it takes emotionally to resolve the problem by persisting through the struggle." Also in the learning myth it talks about how through struggle our brain grows. From now on I will do my best to smile through the struggles as I know that my brain is growing.
Growing up with dyslexia I knew everyone else was "smarter" than me. Now having my own children and one with dyslexia also I am doing my best to teach them to work hard and they will get there. Now we will also live by this quote from the learning myth, "As long as they embrace struggle and mistakes, they can learn anything."
Reply Sean Kennedy
11:24 PM on September 25, 2014 
Thank you for sharing your thoughts and your experiences with your struggles between a fixed toward a growth mindset. I too endure dyslexia (or, as I like to call it, lyxdexia). My first two years in college were particularly challenging until I learned how my brain worked and how I could still learn despite how it it is wired.

What is interesting though, is that the aspects of learning that I find very difficult, like compression, memorization, and interpretation, when talking with other people who don't have dyslexia, they too have trouble with those areas (it just manifests differently). Despite how one might struggle with the process of learning, it seems as if in our struggle to learn new things, many people must still embrace the same tactics: trying to maintain a standard, set schedule; when faced with reading difficult text, it is often effective to read more than once or twice over the span of a week; and incorporating "study tricks", like flash cards or creating mnemonic phrases. I think someone with dyslexia in some ways might even have an advantage since she/he realizes they must come up with a game plan if she/he truly wants to succeed.

Truly a powerful quote: "As long as they embrace struggle and mistakes, they can learn anything."
Reply Jennifer Kearns
4:46 PM on September 26, 2014 
STC Jennifer Kearns
U.S. History 1301 September 26, 2014
Fixed-Mind Set V.S. Growth-Mind Set

I am more of a fixed mindset. I believe that intelligence is genes past down, but I am also a little growth mindset, when it comes to embracing challenges. The difference between fixed mindset and growth mindset is the whole concept that the fixed mindset is basically taking the easy way out of things, and Growth-Mindset is the totally opposite. I am positive that I can change from being a Fixed Mind Set to a Growth Mind Set, because it will help me improve my life later on. I need to learn to challenge my education, by completing obstacles or challenges.
Fixed-Mind Set is not a good way to improve your life. It holds you back from your true potential, and I think I am starting to become a Growth-Mind Set by joining this outrageous and exhausting program, that is going to help me later on in life. Even though I am struggling partially, I will learn how to gain intelligence and adapt to the work.
For example, I am Fixed-Mind Set because avoid difficult challenges, I give up easily, very negative, I see effort as unproductive, I ignore negative/critical feedback that can help improve my skills, and I feel threatened by the success of my peers. All these conflicts makes me into a Fixed-Mind Set which brings me downs and doesn't allow me to gain respect for myself and holds me back from an education.
As a result, everyone should be striving to become a Growth-Mind Set to evolve every day. No matter what, we shouldn't hold ourselves back from our true potential, we should embrace our talents and succeed while doing it.
Reply Denise Castillo
8:17 PM on September 26, 2014 
Denise Castillo
Mr. Robert Kennedy
Growth v. Fixed Mindset
History I
Growth Mindset
Growth mind set best describes me I?ve always had the desire to learn new things when I?m facing a challenge. I know that there will always be challenges and setbacks in life but I always have the desire to improve. For example effort is not seen useless but seen as necessary to grow and master new skills. For example taking 5 classes was not always easy but having great family support and teachers that encourage you not give up gave me strength to put more effort in my education. I also believe criticism and negative feedback are sources of information and by recognizing, that I have a growth mindset I know that I can improve and that negative feedback is not perceived as being directly about me but most importantly about my abilities. For example when I took a course on how to write letters for business one of my teachers would fill my paper with negative feedback at first I felt like a failure when I was only trying my best, I came to realize she was only trying to give me the ability to learn from my mistakes and that?s exactly what happened. In conclusion the success of others is seen as a source of inspiration and information for example my aunt graduated from UTPA and her achievements have inspired me to follow her footsteps, her achievements have encouraged me to keep learning and improving. After reading the differences between fixed mindset and growth mindset I am choosing to agree with growth mindset I believe it?s the best choice for me and it fits my personality and my way of thinking.
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