Developing a growth mindset involves being willing to tackle challenges, having a passion for learning, and considering failure as a springboard for further development.
As adults, we are all bound by our mentality, which is the ultimate consequence of our experience, interaction, learning and belief. Our mentality influences our approach to new situations as well as the choices we make. Although we can change our mindset, it takes a lot of effort and motivation to do so.
However, in the case of our kids, we don’t deal with too much luggage. They are just starting their exposure with social structure, experience and education.
Dr. Carol Duke, a Stanford psychologist, divides mindsets into two types: a static mindset and a growth mindset. Growth-minded children believe that they can develop their intelligence and abilities through effort and proper strategy. Developing a growth mindset involves being willing to tackle challenges, having a passion for learning, and considering failure as a springboard for further development. Where children with a stable mindset believe that they have limited control over their outcomes and that they cannot improve their intelligence or abilities through practice or learning. Thus, mistakes are often seen as failures rather than growth and learning opportunities.
It is in childhood that we are best prepared to learn, to develop, and to adopt an attitude that enables a growth mindset. As part of developing a growth mindset, kids should be stimulated by challenges, be curious about mistakes, enjoy the effort, and never give up. The following are some ways in which we can develop a growth mindset in our children.
“I hear and forget. I see and I think. I do and I understand.” – Confucius
In exposure to new experiences, children connect dots in their brains, which increase memory and motivate them to try new things. Much research and science confirms that children form a strong foundation of different skills at different stages of development. These are learned by making connections to the brain called neural pathways. The more these nerves are used, the stronger they become.
By engaging children in hands-on experiences and reflections, they are better able to connect the theories and knowledge learned in the classroom with real-world situations. At BrainGymJr, we try to strengthen learning through a variety of puzzles that enable application and problem-solving.
Have fun with the challenges
“You will not fail unless you try.” – Albert Einstein
We are all afraid to try new things. Fear is the first reaction to a new challenge, because we do not feel in control and do not know what to expect as a result. However, this does not mean that we should give up.
For each new experience, children go through a journey from ‘I won’t do it’ to ‘I did it’. For this, the challenges must be growing and achievable. Children need to feel satisfied with each milestone. It inspires them and takes them to the top.
Wrong answer is not bad
Children need a safe environment in their home and other places of learning. They need to be encouraged to try, even if they do it wrong. Also, as teachers or parents, we need to be able to give the right answer so that learning is complete. BrainGymJr not only intelligently customizes difficulty levels, we also provide instant solutions so that children can learn and remember.
Wrong answers at a young age lead to correct answers like adults.
Practice is the key to success
If you do not use a muscle or any part of the body, it becomes atrophic. The same is true of the brain. The more you use it, the better. – Goddess Shakuntala
Children need to be taught that their brains are like muscles and can be strengthened through practice and perseverance. Regular practice and positive reinforcement to create winning results helps to create a sense of self-efficacy and control over the outcome. The brain can be trained through focused effort and regular practice.
Make it a habit to think
“Excellence is not a single task, but a habit. You are what you do over and over again.” – Shakil Waniyal
The human brain is connected to the wire to find shortcuts. The more you practice, the more the brain begins to look for new and smaller ways to do the same thing. It makes us more efficient. A shortcut that is rewarding helps us form a habit. A good practice is highly efficient because it helps us save time and we can focus on new and varied activities. It is important to make a habit of ‘thinking’, applying and problem solving to enable a strong growth mindset.