Growth Mindset vs. Fixed Mindset

“There are two types of mindsets we can cultivate. One that embraces problems as opportunities to learn, and one that avoids them, often out of fear to fail. People that avoid conflicts can be described as having a fixed mindset. Those who see problems as interesting challenges have a growth mindset.”

Students can watch the video, then discuss their own mindsets as it relates to problem-solving. The instructor can introduce a sample problem and have half the class discuss it from the fixed mindset point of view, and the other half from the growth mindset point of view. Follow up: class discussion, individual reflections on students’ own mindset.