Math PK-2

Growth Mindset Feedback

Overview

Attributing results to controllable aspects (strategy and effort) fosters students' beliefs in self. Providing feedback that focuses on the process conveys the importance of effort and fosters student Motivation to persist when learning. Research has shown that this type of feedback is particularly supportive of at-risk students, especially for math achievement, as it helps them feel positive Emotion.

Use It in the Classroom

Watch how this second grade teacher encourages growth mindset in her students by focusing her feedback on the challenging process. By tasking them with challenging problems, they embrace struggle as part of the learning process and learn to persist.

  • 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.
  • Design It into Your Product

    Videos are chosen as examples of strategies in action. These choices are not endorsements of the products or evidence of use of research to develop the feature.

    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.