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(T) (L) How to apply a growth mindset to teaching and learning English?

Updated: Sep 23, 2023

Growth mindset is the belief that one’s abilities and intelligence can be developed through hard work, perseverance, and learning from failure. This mindset can lead to greater resilience, motivation, and achievement.

Individuals with a growth mindset tend to embrace challenges and see them as opportunities for growth, while also valuing effort and continuous learning. They are also more likely to take risks, seek feedback, and persist in the face of obstacles.

Overall, adopting a growth mindset can lead to a more positive and productive approach to learning and personal development. So, let’s talk about how to apply a growth mindset to teaching and learning English.

1. Emphasize effort and progress over natural ability:

  • Provide feedback that focuses on effort, progress, and improvement rather than innate ability or talent.

  • Encourage students to set goals and track their progress over time, emphasizing the value of small improvements.

  • Use language that emphasizes the process of learning rather than the end result, such as “Let’s figure out how we can improve” rather than “Let’s get the right answer.”

2. Encourage risk-taking and embrace mistakes:

  • Create a classroom culture where mistakes are viewed as a natural part of the learning process, rather than something to be feared or avoided.

  • Encourage students to take risks and try new things, such as speaking up in class or trying a more advanced piece of reading or writing.

  • Provide opportunities for students to reflect on and learn from their mistakes, such as discussing what they learned from an incorrect answer or having them revise a piece of writing after receiving feedback.

3. Use learning strategies and techniques that promote a growth mindset:

  • Teach students about the concept of a growth mindset and how it can help them learn and succeed.

  • Use teaching techniques such as metacognitive strategies (such as self-reflection and self-assessment) and cognitive strategies (such as elaboration and summarization) to help students develop their learning skills and strategies.

  • Encourage students to use strategies such as deliberate practice, where they focus on specific skills and work to improve them over time.

Applying a growth mindset to teaching and learning not only helps students achieve better academic results (English or other subjects), but also helps them develop important life skills such as perseverance, the ability to admit mistakes, and the ability to face difficulties in learning and life. Infusing students with a growth mindset is not easy because it requires teachers to have sensitivity and sophistication in building a positive, open learning environment and encouraging student development. However, the results will be something meaningful to look forward to. Wishing teachers always have a lot of fun with their profession.

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