How To Develop A Growth Mindset In Your Classroom

I recently did some staff training about developing growth mindsets in the classroom.

To prepare the session, I created a survey for the teachers in my school, using the website Typeform (click here to view the survey).

Next, I interviewed a random selection of pupils, asking these questions:

  • Are you good at maths?
  • Are you the best in the class?
  • Do you think you could be the best in the future?
  • Why do you think some children in your class get better test scores than others?
  • How do you improve your learning?

I videoed the responses which were very interesting and prompted useful discussion:

It was clear to see which children had fixed mindsets and those who had growth.


For the training, I created a Prezi – click here to view it.

How to develop a growth mindset in your classroom

At the end, I handed out a flyer for all of the staff:

10 Tips To Teach A Growth Mindset

Feel free to make copies of all of the above – growth mindsets are so important and can change the lives of students.


  1. A growth mindset can be the difference between perseverance and quitting for many students. It’s important for teachers to recognize when THIS is the problem, because if we don’t pay attention it’s easy to assume a student doesn’t care and that is not it. Also, if I am convinced that my current level of achievement or progress is as good as it’s going to get, yet their are demands put on me to do more, it may be easier to tell myself I don’t care. I have learned there are many different defense mechanisms struggling student’s use to avoid the shame and anxiety that develop from feeling unheard and stuck. Thank you for sharing.

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