Mindsets are beliefs about intelligence and how one learns. Those with a growth mindset believe their intelligence can change and are more likely to persist and seek help when struggling at a task. Those with a fixed mindset believe intelligence is static and are more likely to shut down and avoid challenges. Fostering a growth mindset in the classroom helps all students reach their potential and can be especially powerful for students who feel unwelcome in a discipline and think they cannot succeed. This soon-to-be released toolkit provides a research-based overview of growth mindset, including key characteristics, benefits, and strategies to employ in the classroom, as well as activities geared toward helping teachers and students reflect on and foster a growth mindset.


Michelle Brown
Equity Instructor, NAPE