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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 is particularly supportive of marginalized students, especially for math achievement, as it supports a positive Math Mindset.

Use It in the Classroom

Watch this informational video about the most effective type of praise to increase a student's growth mindset.

  • One critical way teachers can provide growth mindset feedback is by reframing mistakes as learning opportunities. Research has shown that a student's error orientation, that is whether they believe errors help them learn, is a critical part of their overall view of their math abilities. 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.
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    Learn how Motion Math provides a variety of adaptive games that playfully teach conceptual foundations of math while also fostering a love for challenge by providing growth mindset feedback.

  • 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.
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