Monday Mindset – 9/11/17

I have permanently hijacked Matt’s Monday blog posts to bring you topics, information, and (hopefully) insights about mindset.  While I can’t promise to post every Monday, I will do my best to publish two posts each week – Monday Mindset and my regularly scheduled Follow Me Fridays.

To be quite honest, I had never heard of Carol Dweck or growth vs. fixed mindset before coming to Victoria College.  Once I became involved with the Learning Frameworks course, I learned more about it – at least enough to point out to students that they should have a growth mindset, it’s ok to fail, learning is not about the grade…yada, yada, yada.

But recently, I’ve actually started thinking much more about mindset.  I have been  reading a great deal about mindfulness which I think is connected to mindset in a lot of ways.  I’ve also begun to realize exactly how much of my own attitudes and behaviors are driven by my mindset.

My most recent ponderings have focused on what a fraud I am when it comes to growth mindset.  I quickly realized that I had a fixed mindset growing up, but now that I know the difference and espouse the benefits of a growth mindset, I still don’t have one.  I still hate to fail, I don’t handle criticism well, and I still want to get an A on everything regardless of what I might learn from the experience.  And, truthfully, I don’t think I’m very different from most academics in this regard.

The question of the day is – how do we really change our mindset?  Apparently, knowledge about mindsets isn’t enough.  This, and other issues related to mindset – is what I hope to explore in future posts.  In the meantime, I’d love to hear your thoughts and ideas on the topic.

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