Growth vs Fixed

Hi Class! Have a look at the graphic below and think about where you fit in relation to each idea.growth vs fixed mindset

Next, post a reply about your strengths and your opportunities for growth. In other words, make connections about what helpful thoughts you have, then list a few ideas you want to develop – be sure to explain actual situations that mean something for you. Your post is expected by week’s end.

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33 Responses to Growth vs Fixed

  1. Kyle says:

    I think number 8 because there are alot of smart girls in my class and sometimes I wonder, like how do they get straight A’s and like really good at math? I think I could be as good as them if I just put my mind to it which im working at.

  2. Avery says:

    I think number 7 because, Like my phobia poster I made a mistake on the first attempt at it but then I thought “MISTAKES CAN BE MADE INTO SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL” meaning everything will work out in the end! And now i realize that mistakes matter even though you might not want to make a mistake it really effects the life experiences and school choices!

    • Mr. Bell says:

      Thanks for sharing a connection, Avery. Sometimes mistakes provide a new perspective that we never notice. If we act only when something is perfectly ready, we will never go anywhere.

  3. Clayton says:

    My strengths are being creative and caring. I am good at taking things apart to understand how they work to fix them, but I sometimes break pieces. I can get better by being more gentle.

    • Mr. Bell says:

      Thanks for your post, Clayton. What ways do you like to be creative? Do you enjoy writing, building, designing? Why do you think you enjoy it so much?

  4. Noah sanders says:

    I think that the growth chart will help a lot of people out by giving them the good and bad things to do and making them think more about the punishment. I know that the growth chart helped me put more work into things.

  5. Chloe says:

    I think number 6 because I think I cant do math or i’m bad at math, and maybe if I have more confidence in myself I could to better.

  6. Sarah says:

    I think number one because sometimes I may not be good at something at first, but if you I keep trying I know I’ll get better. I try to keep as much of a positive attitude in this situation. If I have more confidence in myself I will try new things and achieve more.

    • Mr. Bell says:

      Thanks for your insights, Sarah. One great way to see growth is to capture the first moment you try something (record, photograph…) then compare your skill at later dates. Often, people feel they never progress because they can’t step back and look at a bigger picture.

  7. Chloe says:

    I think #6 because i’m always saying i’m bad at math or I cant do math, but if I have more confidence in myself I could do better.

  8. Lexi says:

    I connect to number 8 the most because I see others always getting straight A’s and always getting picked first for games and responsibility’s. Lately I have been try harder to improve so hopefully I will be able to reach my goal to get better.

    • Mr. Bell says:

      Thanks for your reply, Alexis. It’s tough comparing one’s self to classmates. Recognizing that learning isn’t a competition is helpful. Similarly, taking notice of various points of progress matters. Think about when you start something new and compare it to your final product. There is usually obvious growth!

  9. Hailee says:

    (only 4) In order 1. I think this when something is either too hard or not what I prefer. 2. I think this when I love something or am good at it. 3. I think this one when it is too hard and frustrates me. And lastly 9. This effects me all the time, when I give up and when it is boring.
    P.S I really love this poster/saying Mr.Bell!

    • Mr. Bell says:

      Thanks for your post, Hailee; I love this poster too. @sylviaduckworth has many terrific sketchnotes.

      What strategies are helpful when someone is frustrated?

  10. Nathan says:

    I connect the most with number 9 because I still need to train myself to want to do more and spruce it up a little instead of going I’m done what they said to and then carry on to do something else. I think I can fix this by trying to use my competitiveness to motivate myself to beat my last grade. I also want to reflect number seven to help me see that okay I made a mistake but what did I learn from that mistake.

    • Mr. Bell says:

      Thanks for you thoughtful reply, Nathan. I like your idea to compete with yourself. Sometimes the mindset of ‘good enough’ is hard to avoid. For example, when you get a driver’s license, someone that aces the test and someone that gets a few demerits both get their licence in the end.

  11. Kailen says:

    I can relate to number 9 because some times I’ll just do something and then just hand it in. But now I’m trying to do a better job on ever thing I do. Not just in school but in life like hockey or basketball.

    • Mr. Bell says:

      Thanks for sharing your connections, Kai. People should be proud of their skills and abilities, but for the ones wanting to perform at an elite level, the mindset is always about improving, developing and even innovating new ways. For example, is the butterfly style of goal tending going to last forever? Previous generations of goalies used a ‘stand up’ style…what will future generations of goalies do?

  12. Dylan says:

    some areas for growth i have is mostly my organization i need o organize my things to keep track on where everything is that way it will help me get my assignments done on time witch is my second area for growth

    • Mr. Bell says:

      Thanks for you post, Dylan. Remember that this is a school activity, so use capital letters and punctuation. Can you connect your idea about organization to any of the mindset descriptions from the poster?

      Quick Fix:
      – witch vs which (Which one rides the broom?)

  13. Salma says:

    I really like 4 because it a great way to think that if you put your mind to something you can do it. Ir’s not easy which is why it needs time and effort. it may happen in days or years. I also like 8, because it is really similar to how I think. I think that if someone else can to it that I can do it, I just need to figure out how. It may not be the same as the other person But I learn in different ways.

    • Mr. Bell says:

      Great connections, Salma! How can people develop the patience needed to accomplish something? Seeing others do something is a great way to learn, but you are right when you say that every person needs to figure out their own style.

  14. mikayla says:

    I think number 8 because I have a lot of friends that are really smart and do really well in school, and sometimes I think why cat I be that smart and how do they get so well of grades but I think if i stay focus in class and get more of my work done in time, it will help improve my chances of doing the best I can in school.

    • Mr. Bell says:

      Thanks for your post, Mikayla. Remember that learning is not a competition…there is no scoreboard! It is important to take time to reflect on your growth. An easy way to do this is to note or record your first attempts at something, then after you’ve practice for days/weeks/months/years, go back and look at your first attempts. You’ll see growth!

  15. Isabella says:

    So, I sometimes think #1, mostly in dance, but also in school too. I try to think, “Okay just work through it. Step by step.” But most often, when I’m tired and don’t want to do it anymore, I’ll make excuses. Which I’m trying not to do, by the way. But, the end, I usually find a way to work through it. Something else I want to try and fix is a mixture of #5 and #9, because sometimes I get lazy and just, give up and hand it in. Also trying to fix that.

    • Mr. Bell says:

      Thanks for your connections, Isabella. It’s interesting how making excuses requires little effort, but the more you make, the more difficult it is to get things done. Your idea of a mixture of #5 and #9 is interesting. It’s important to take pride and celebrate the work we’ve done, yet thinking about improvements is important too.

  16. Ryan says:

    Some things I do (like homework) I think are too hard but and I don’t want to do them because I don’t want to put the effort into it. I’m going to put more effort into my work now so I can get better marks and get my work in on time, all I need to do is train my mind to do this.

    • Mr. Bell says:

      Thanks for your post, Ryan. Without doubt, everyone comes across work that is tedious, dull, boring…nevertheless, it has to get done. External motivators help (if I get it done, I get ______), however many tasks require intrinsic motivators (self motivation). How can people train their minds to motivate themselves to get the work done? When you say to put more effort into things, what specific actions do you mean?

  17. Brianna says:

    3 cause some times I can think of any thing that will make it better, my mind thinks their nothing else I can add!

    • Mr. Bell says:

      Thanks for your post, Brianna. Please add some more thoughts or connections. For example, list some of the strategies you can try when you feeling like giving up.

      Quick Fix:
      – because and cause have different meanings: The icy sidewalk was the cause of the accident. The student fell because the sidewalk was icy.

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