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Growth Mindset- what does that mean?

Every so often a truly groundbreaking idea comes along. This is one.

Mindset explains:

  • Why brains and talent don’t bring success
  • How they can stand in the way of it
  • Why praising brains and talent doesn’t foster self-esteem and accomplishment, but jeopardizes them
  • How teaching a simple idea about the brain raises grades and productivity

That's what all great parents, teachers, and athletes know.

Mindset is a simple idea discovered by world-renowned Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck in decades of research on achievement and success—a simple idea that makes all the difference.

In a fixed mindset, people believe their basic qualities, like their intelligence or talent, are simply fixed traits. They spend their time documenting their intelligence or talent instead of developing them. They also believe that talent alone creates success—without effort.

They’re wrong.

In a growth mindset, people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work—brains and talent are just the starting point. This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment. Virtually all great people have had these qualities.


Mindset is the basis for moving forward in learning and in life

That is why Braidwood is committed to developing Growth Midsets in all our learners.

In a growth mindset, people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work and research shows that this is true.

Brains and talents? They are just the starting points for each individual. It's what you do to develop yourself and your brain that counts.


It is the daily 'effort' we make to build on what we have, to form new connections in our brains and truly orient ourselves towards learning, that build character and success.

That's why our school is determined and works tirelessly to achieve our vision of turning potential into success for everyone of our learners!

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