We all know the term "growth mindset" has been pretty trendy lately. But, what does it REALLY mean to cultivate it in your classroom? When the article "How to Integrate Growth Mindset Messages Into Every Part of Math Class" kept showing up in our Twitter feed, I knew I had to check it out. This is one of the opening sentences of the article:
Can you identify with the 60% who don't feel strongly about cultivating a growth mindset in your students? I know I feel that way at times.
Fortunately, this article had some concrete suggestions of what we can do... and there's something we ALREADY do!
One of the suggestions is to use error analysis, which we do quite often in the Notebook zone. I originally got the idea from Teaching With a A Mountain View (check it out for some great pre-made error analysis pages!). I modified her form for our ELLs, so that it includes a word bank and sentence starters. We do a number talk style model of what a strong response looks like before students work on the page on their own. Here are some examples from my 4th grade class from their work on the standard algorithm for subtraction.
So how does this error analysis cultivate a growth mindset? Here's what Cathrine Good, growth mindset researcher and social psychology professor says about error analysis: "Embedded in that worked example is a lovely opportunity to talk about growth mindset and mistakes and process."
Do you use error analysis with your students? How can you use this to cultivate a growth mindset in your class?
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