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Growth Mindset Feedback


Providing feedback that focuses on the process of developing skills conveys the importance of effort and motivates students to persist when learning. When students believe that their skills can be developed through dedication and hard work instead of innate abilities, they can develop a growth mindset. Research has shown that this type of feedback in combination with teacher modeling is particularly supportive of marginalized students.

Use It in the Classroom

Watch how this school incorporates growth mindset feedback as an inherent element of its culture. They implement techniques for teachers and peers to give and receive respectful and specific feedback, encouraging a growth mindset approach. They also use language such as "good mistake" and "aha mistake moment" to describe their mistakes, seeing them as opportunities for growth.

  • When providing growth mindset feedback, it is important to remind students of the progress they have made while also supporting them during times of struggle. Teachers can support a growth mindset by specifically attending to the effective strategies they use, effort they put in, and practice they do when providing feedback.
  • Design It into Your Product

  • Developers can provide feedback that stresses the learning process when learners accomplish a difficult task. Along the way, they can also give feedback during setbacks to motivate learners to continue trying, which grows their sense of intelligence as something that can be developed.
  • Factors Supported by this Strategy

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