Does your child have a growth mindset?
The minds of children are like sponges. They soak up information very quickly. Don’t you think it is therefore necessary that children should be fed with the right information from a young age?
We often talk about encouraging children to ask questions and we try to build a sense of curiosity in them by engaging them in new activities or introducing them to new concepts. However, all this would seem pointless, if children don’t believe in their infinite learning capacity.
This brings us to the topic, what is a growth mindset, and who has it? The simple answer to it is, everyone! Let’s take an example of two middle school children named Neha and Nithin who have scored very average marks in their math exams.
Nithin: I don’t think math is my thing. How much ever I study, I just manage to pass the exam.
Neha: I know that if I work a little more, I will understand the concept better.
Nithin seems to accept the fact that his math will never improve, no matter how much he works for it. He thus, has given up already. Nithin is the perfect example of a fixed mindset.
Neha on the other hand, acknowledges her faults but knows that she can do well if she works a little more. Neha possesses a growth mindset and is therefore capable of overcoming difficulty in math.
What is the result? In a few years, Neha would be termed as a “math person” because of how she loves the subject and Nithin would consider dropping math beyond high school.
We are all familiar with similar characters in our own classes back when we were in school. What needs to be stressed upon is the fact that, children should be appreciated for making mistakes, this helps them learn from their mistake and they invariably find a way out of wrong concepts. If a child is scolded for making mistakes, then it will come as no surprise if the child makes the same mistakes again and again.
Jo Boaler, a famous author and math professor from Stanford has conducted many studies that have proved that, when making mistakes, the brain grows bigger and when this is coupled with a positive approach, it makes the learning experience more pleasant and fruitful. What’s more, the child is constantly on a learning curve!
What you can do:
- Appreciate your kids when they are attempting something challenging in school.
- Encourage your kids to attempt new activities apart from studying. Learning to skate, a new instrument, a new language, can help them build confidence to overcome difficult situations at school.
- Avoid praising a child’s talent or result alone. This will make them build a comfort zone around themselves and they wouldn’t want to come out of it and try anything new.
- When your child makes a mistake, instead of focusing on the mistake, practice telling them that they’ve learnt something and help them find a way out.
Motivating a child is easy and we must do it in the right way. Cuemath Teachers believe in each student’s own individual capacity because they have seen many experience success after learning with the Cuemath Program.