A growth mindset is the belief that intelligence can be developed. Students with a growth mindset understand they can get smarter through hard work, the use of effective strategies, and help from others when needed. Having a growth mindset can have real benefits. It helps kids (and their families) reframe how they approach challenges. Developing a growth mindset is an ongoing process. Getting and taking feedback from others, learning from mistakes, and finding new ways to approach tasks isn’t easy. But it’s a valuable way to help kids learn that talents can be developed. When it comes to praise, focus on what's called process praise. It is the most helpful type of praise for promoting a growth mindset. The most important thing to praise is how they approached the challenge, not how hard they tried or how well they did.
It puts the emphasis on the steps your child took to get to the end result. By focusing on process, it shows that getting stuck, asking for help, and trying new strategies are important, too. Most notably, adopting a growth mindset means believing that even if you fail at something, you can still succeed. Kids need to know that the people around them believe they can find ways to fix mistakes.