A “fixed mindset” views things such as a person’s intelligence, creative abilities, and character as being static and unchanging. Teneo does not believe in fixed mindsets. We believe people to be capable of change; to be able learn new skills and have the potential to become not just a Jack of all trades, but a master-of-many. This is a growth mindset.

Carol Dweck, Stanford Psychologist and author of the book Mindset, was one of the first to put forward the idea that intelligence and abilities can be developed. When one views their abilities not as fixed, but as being malleable through hard work and dedication, Carol Dweck, believes one has the recipe for success.

This idea isn’t novel of course, parents were telling their children “You can do anything” long before Carol wrote her book. But, what makes Carol’s book different is that it is backed by her years of experience as a psychologist and rigorous research into how the mind works, and how drivers of a mindset operate and can be reprogrammed.

Here are 3 ways to develop a growth mindset:

  1. Praise Wisely – Praise the process, not the end product. Reward things such as effort and progress as opposed to intelligence.
  2. Believe in YET – Failure does not mean the end; rather understand it simply as meaning: “Not Yet”. This way one is able to “fail forward”, where failure is in fact progress, as it is viewed as being part of the process.
  3. Transform the meaning of effort and difficulty: Effort and Difficulty have often been understood as a cause of not being intelligent enough. When effort and difficulty, however, are viewed as being a way of developing intelligence, they hold an inherent possibility. They change from being restrictions in the mind, to being markers of opportunity.

Transforming the educational experience through the digital medium, Africa’s number one school in the cloud is a future-forward online school specialising in both the SA and British International curriculums from reception through to matric. Focused on getting students ready for 4IR, Teneo emphasizes empathy and kindness while producing responsible digital citizens of the future. www.teneoschool.co.za

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