April 17, 2020

Fixed Mindset vs Growth Mindset

One of the key goals behind the Role Models programme of courses is to encourage a growth mindset in every child we work with. Having a growth mindset gives your child the thinking skills and attitude to become successful and happy in life. It enables them to understand the concept of progress compared to perfection and instils the belief that our skills and intelligence are not fixed traits at birth.

We’ve created a visual chart which outlines some of the differences between a fixed mindset and a growth mindset to help parents and children understand how a growth mindset can positively impact your outlook.

Being aware of these two different mindsets is the first step and it’s important to say that it’s unrealistic to expect anyone to have a growth mindset 100% of the time. Use this awareness to listen in to the thoughts and language used within your family. Could you all try and make a shift to responding with more of a growth mindset attitude?

The circles in the centre of our visual chart help to break it down to see what a growth mindset would look like and sound like within different situations, such as responding to feedback and making mistakes. The chart can be printed and displayed as a reminder not just for your children but the whole family:

This blog post was written by Louise Treherne, Head of Character Education at Role Models. Louise has a degree in Psychology, 12 years experience as a teacher and 5 years as a Senior Deputy Head at a London Prep school. She now works as a Professional Coach and Educational Consultant.