“Rejoice with your family in the beautiful land of life!” –Albert Einstein
What is the difference between a fixed versus a growth mindset?
A fixed mindset is one that believes intelligence and talent are things we are born with and they do not change.
A growth mindset is one that believes you can increase your intelligence and develop talents.
Your mindset about how you view intelligence will have an impact on your teaching. Of the two views, a growth mindset is the more accurate way to view intelligence.
There is no denying that some students and people have natural abilities (in music, language, math, athletics, etc.). Still, research shows people can increase their IQs. Alfred Binet, the inventor of the IQ test, created the test to identify which students needed extra help–not to classify them with a fixed intellect!
Here are a couple differences that can affect your teaching (and personal thought life!):
You think your students are good or not good at a subject (fixed mindset).
You encourage your students to grow at each subject and emphasize the process of learning (growth mindset). The focus is on growth, and we all have the capability to grow!
“In winter, I plot and plan. In spring, I move.” –Henry Rollins
First snow! When you live where there is snow and distinct seasons, winter does slow you down. I can relate to this quote. Have a great week!
“The unexamined life is not worth living.” –Socrates
Here is a fun freebie for you to download! Transition Words
I have had really good results in using the life cycle of a butterfly (I do a follow-up lesson with the life cycle of a frog) in teaching the use transition words in writing. The simplicity of the lesson really helps students understand how to use transition words.
Here is basically how I teach the lesson:
First, we review the worksheet and discuss transition words. Next, we read a simple nonfiction book about the life cycle. Then, we use a graphic organizer to list the topic, key ideas, supporting details, and conclusion. Finally, we write the paragraph. I have students introduce each new stage with a transition word. I guide them through the process. I hope this helps!
“It’s not that I am so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.” –Albert Einstein