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.

  • Frameworks for Fostering the Skills Students Need for the Future

    Schools are developing rubrics to guide them in helping students develop social and emotional skills, creativity, and growth mindset.
  • Responding to Students’ Personal Narratives

    A four-part framework for teaching personal narrative writing, which can help students understand themselves and their world.
  • Learning Problem Solving and Growth Mindset in a Makerspace

    Makerspaces build students’ cognitive abilities while fostering independence, perseverance, and self-regulation.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 Science Behind Student Stress

    A new study shows how a growth mindset helps students cope with academic setbacks.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Teachers Need a Growth Mindset Too

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