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.

  • Why Ages 2-7 Matter So Much for Brain Development

    Rich experiences—from play to the arts and relationships—fundamentally shape a young child’s development.
    Rishi Sriram
  • Curbing Teacher Burnout During the Pandemic

    Teachers are adapting to a host of exhausting new challenges during the coronavirus. We asked educators and other experts for strategies to help address this new form of burnout.
  • Easy to Say—But How Do You Really Help Students Learn From Failure?

    Teachers need real, actionable strategies when it comes to teaching students how to develop the resilience to learn from their mistakes.
  • 2019 Education Research Highlights

    Does doodling boost learning? Do attendance awards work? Do boys and girls process math the same way? Here’s a look at the big questions that researchers tackled this year.
  • 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.
    Robert Ward
  • Learning Problem Solving and Growth Mindset in a Makerspace

    Makerspaces build students’ cognitive abilities while fostering independence, perseverance, and self-regulation.
  • Strategies for Helping Students Motivate Themselves

    To inspire intrinsic motivation in students, schools should focus on nurturing their sense of autonomy, competence, relatedness, and relevance.
  • 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.
  • The Science Behind Student Stress

    A new study shows how a growth mindset helps students cope with academic setbacks.
  • 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.
  • The Teenage Brain Is Wired to Learn—So Make Sure Your Students Know It

    Thanks to the wonders of neuroplasticity, adolescents are primed to improve their performance in school—and beyond. Here’s how to help.
  • 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.
  • 5-Minute Film Festival: 5 Videos to Explore Growth Mindset

    Learn more about how mindset can affect learning with this collection of videos—for everyone from preschoolers to parents.
  • Teachers Need a Growth Mindset Too

    Pushing our students to adopt a growth mindset is an easy call. Adopting one ourselves is harder.