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.

  • Social and Emotional Learning

    Responding to Students’ Personal Narratives

    A four-part framework for teaching personal narrative writing, which can help students understand themselves and their world.
  • Maker Education

    Learning Problem Solving and Growth Mindset in a Makerspace

    Makerspaces build students’ cognitive abilities while fostering independence, perseverance, and self-regulation.
  • Growth Mindset

    A Speed Bump, Not a Roadblock

    A simple analogy can help students think about their learning disabilities and better navigate obstacles.
  • Growth Mindset

    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.
  • Student Engagement

    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.
  • Growth Mindset

    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.
  • Growth Mindset

    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 Research Is In

    The Science Behind Student Stress

    A new study shows how a growth mindset helps students cope with academic setbacks.
  • Brain-Based Learning

    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.
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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.
  • Resilience and Grit

    Resources on Developing Resilience, Grit, and Growth Mindset

    Resources related to building the skills young people need to confront adversity, cope with challenges, and persevere to attain goals.
  • Growth Mindset

    Teachers Need a Growth Mindset Too

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

    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.
  • Student Engagement

    Encouraging Persistence in Math

    Weekly open-ended math tasks can pique students’ interest, leading them to take risks and develop a growth mindset.