Activity: Practicing process praise
Below are some statements you might use when speaking to your child. Choose 'yes' for the ones that convey a growth mindset.
|"It looks like that was too easy. Let's give you something a bit more challenging." Correct! This indicates that learning and being challenged is more important than getting the right answer quickly. Try again|
|"That isn't the right answer. You don't understand it yet." Correct! "Yet" indicates your child will succeed if they keep working. Try again|
|"You are so smart." Try again - Calling a child "smart" indicates intrinsic ability rather than growth through effort. Correct! This sends the message that innate "smartness" is what leads to success, rather than effort and growth.|
|"I know it was hard, but look how your effort paid off." Correct! This specifies that your child’s efforts led to success. Try again|
|"You’re really talented in math- you should definitely focus on it next year." Try again - Singling out a strength in one realm may discourage their growth in other classes and reduce their perseverance. Correct! This emphasizes the importance of talent rather than learning and growth.|
|"She’ll get it. She’s working on it and making progress." Correct! This acknowledges that the child is able to succeed, and just needs more time to do so. Try again|
|"You did so well! Keep working hard and you will do great again next year." Correct! This says that continued effort will lead to continued success. Try again|
Learn more about this by watching the video:
"Three Ways Parents Can Instill a Growth Mindset"