Teach students that the brain grows when they practice and learn new material.

There is accumulating evidence showing a connection between how students perceive their ability and their academic success. If students believe they cannot change their abilities, they are less likely to try. But, if they believe that they can improve and expand their abilities, they are more likely to take on challenges and explore new concepts. Instead of resigning themselves to defeat, they are willing to increase their effort and look for different ways to solve a problem, such as asking for help, working with a tutor, or simply devoting more time to tasks. Teachers are in a powerful position to help students realize that their abilities are expandable. They can use a variety of instructional techniques to provide students with opportunities to practice math and science skills and they can communicate to students about improving their abilities.

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Teaching About Brain Plasticity

Use the suggested classroom activities in this tool to teach students about the brain’s ability to grow in response to enrichment and practice activities. Related Files: You Can Grow Your...

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07/24/2014
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Learning Together About Academic Abilities (Part 2)

Convene a follow-up in-service session about how to teach students that abilities are expandable using these suggested activities. Related Media and Files: Learning Together About Academic...

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07/24/2014
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Teacher Self-Reflection: Teach Ability Is Expandable

Use this self-reflection worksheet to guide teachers’ understanding of messages and instructional strategies that may affect students’ beliefs about their abilities in math and science.

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07/24/2014
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Learning Together About Academic Abilities (Part 1)

Convene a school in-service session about how teachers can help students develop accurate and positive perceptions of math and science abilities using these suggested activities. Related Media...

Tool
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07/24/2014
770 views

Classroom Reading: You Can Grow Your Intelligence

This classroom reading used at Green Valley Elementary School summarizes the research evidence supporting the claim that the brain can develop and change throughout life. Related...

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07/24/2014
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Instilling Confidence

Instilling Confidence

A high school associate principal discusses strategies to encourage girls in science classrooms. This interview highlights the need to provide students with opportunities to demonstrate their...

School Example
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07/24/2014
384 views

Two Mindsets

Nigel Holmes designed this diagram, based on the research of Carol Dweck, to describe how students with growth and fixed mindsets may respond to challenges, successes, failure, and criticism in...

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07/24/2014
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Helping Students Learn From Mistakes

Helping Students Learn From Mistakes

An elementary school math teacher describes a schoolwide effort to teach students that they can expand their abilities through hard work and effort. The schoolwide approach entails professional...

School Example
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07/24/2014
581 views
The Growth Mindset (Part 2)

The Growth Mindset (Part 2)

Dr. Carol Dweck describes how teachers can help girls develop a “growth” mindset. Related Files: The Growth Mindset (Part 1) (Video)

Expert Interview
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07/23/2014
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The Growth Mindset (Part 1)

The Growth Mindset (Part 1)

Dr. Carol Dweck describes the “growth” versus “fixed” mindset and implications for girls learning math and science. Related Files: The Growth Mindset (Part 2) (Video)

Expert Interview
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07/23/2014
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Ability Is Expandable

Ability Is Expandable

Learn about the importance of helping students realize that improving and expanding their academic abilities leads to success in math, science, as well as other subjects. This overview presents a...

Overview
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07/23/2014
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