George Lucas Educational Foundation

Growth Mindset

Support students in believing that they can develop their talents and abilities through hard work, good strategies, and help from others.
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Resources for Teaching Growth Mindset

Find information about growth mindset, discover how learning mindsets can affect student performance, and explore strategies that support student confidence.

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The Teenage Brain Is Wired to Learn—So Make Sure Your Students Know It

Tue, 11/08/2016 - 05:00
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A Troubling Side Effect of Praise

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 12:00
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The Importance of Academic Courage

Wed, 10/25/2017 - 12:00
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Report: Academic Tenacity: Mindsets and Skills that Promote Long-Term Learning

Research shows that psychological factors -- often called motivational or noncognitive factors -- can matter even more than cognitive factors for students’ academic performance. Learn more with this report.

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A high school student smiles confidently as he uses his computer.
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The Importance of Academic Courage

Courage exists in math as much as in mountain climbing, and students can develop the courage to tackle academic and life challenges.

1,259 10,086 views
A young girl cheats by looking at another student’s work.
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A Troubling Side Effect of Praise

Young students who are praised for being smart are more likely to cheat, a new study finds.

948 6,118 views
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A Simple Tool for Fostering Growth Mindset

You can have students use an old technology—ballpoint pens—to keep their mistakes and revisions, and their learning, visible.

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Scaffolding Grit

It starts with integrating passion-based learning into your classroom.

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Growth Mindset Is Not Enough

To help students face life’s challenges, teachers should seek to help them develop a broad set of skills.

11 1,668 12,620 views
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Young Adult Novels That Teach a Growth Mindset

Use these novels to teach learning from loss and overcoming adversity to your middle schoolers and high school freshmen.

55 34,743 170,709 views
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Helping Struggling Students Build a Growth Mindset

Veteran researchers present five strategies—like maintaining success files and allowing choice—to help struggling students develop a positive attitude needed for success.

32 7,158 62,879 views

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Strategies for Helping Students Motivate Themselves

Larry Ferlazzo discusses practical classroom strategies to reinforce four qualities that have been identified as critical to helping students motivate themselves: autonomy, competence, relatedness, and relevance.

100 3,440 356,810 views
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Resources for Teaching Growth Mindset

Find information about growth mindset, discover how learning mindsets can affect student performance, and explore strategies that support student confidence.

1 3,867 192,408 views
Illustration of various characters rising out of the pages of an open book
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Young Adult Novels That Teach a Growth Mindset

Use these novels to teach learning from loss and overcoming adversity to your middle schoolers and high school freshmen.

55 34,743 170,709 views
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Resources on Developing Resilience, Grit, and Growth Mindset

Explore curated collections of resources related to building the skills, mindsets, and necessary supports to help young people confront adversity, cope with challenges, and demonstrate perseverance to attain goals.

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Recognizing and Overcoming False Growth Mindset

Examples of a false growth mindset include praising effort over progress, affirming students' potential without enabling them, and blaming their mindset instead of refocusing it.

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Nurturing Intrinsic Motivation and Growth Mindset in Writing

To engage your students with their own development as writers, motivate them to care by showing your own interest and engagement with their process.

1,188 74,152 views
A stylized illustration showing students’ minds as they talk to each other
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Helping Struggling Students Build a Growth Mindset

Veteran researchers present five strategies—like maintaining success files and allowing choice—to help struggling students develop a positive attitude needed for success.

32 7,158 62,879 views

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