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Mindset by Carol S. Dweck
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it was amazing

Great book. Of particular interest to me was learning about differences between people with growth mindsets and people with fixed mindsets.

A. Some characteristics of people with growth mindsets:

Pages: Start, 35, 50, 61, 97 and 111:
When a student with a growth mindset gets poor or average grades, she / he
- goes over mistakes she/he made to better understand what she / he did wrong.
- studies harder.
- learns from tests of students who did better on the test.
- believes that it matters to learn and stay at something, because thereby, she / he can become better.

Page 16: Four year-old children were given an easy jigsaw puzzle. Upon finishing that, they were asked if they would redo another easy one or try a harder one. Children with a growth mindset, i.e. those who believed you could get smarter, chose one hard puzzle after the other. For those children, success was about stretching themselves, improving, getting better, challenging themselves. Learning more was a priority for children with a growth mindset.

Page 139: Students with a growth mindset get better grades / results because a growth mindset promotes better learning.

Page 18: When people with a growth mindset are asked how their ideal partner is, they say it is someone who
- sees their faults and help them to work on them,
- challenges them to become a better person,
- encourages them to learn new things.

Page 52: A person with a growth mindset believes that she / he can
- can get better by practicing.
- can enjoy doing it although she / he is not already good at it.
- there is always something to work on.
- always get better, improve, learn more.

Page 125: When you enter the world of the growth mindset leaders, it brightens, expands, fills with energy, with possibility. Growth mindset leaders start with a belief in human potential and development - both their own and other people's.
A story about Jack Welch, former leader of General Electric: "He shut down elitism - quite the opposite of fixed mindset leaders. One evening, Welch addressed an elite executive club at GE: To their shock, he did not tell them how wonderful they were. Instead, he said to them: "I can't find any value in what you are doing." He asked them to think of a role that made more sense for them and for the company. A month later the president of the club came to Welch with a new idea: To turn the club into a force for community volunteers. 20 years later, that program had 42,000 members. They were running mentoring programs in inner-city schools and building parks, playgrounds and libraries for communities in need."

Page 148: A person with a growth mindset believes that all 3 parts of a relationship can grow / develop: Himself / herself, his / her partner, as well as the relationship.

Page 176: What adults can say to help children develop growth mindsets
- I like the way you tried different ways of finding solutions to that problem.
- I admire how you concentrated as you did the work you did.
- I was impressed about the time and energy you invested to better understand this issue. Your improvement shows it.
- I found you showed great passion as you worked on improving that skill. How do you feel about how you worked?
- Everybody learns in a different way. Let's keep trying to find out which learning strategy works well for you.

Page 201: The author writes: "Seymour Sarason was a professor of mine when I was in graduate school. He was a wonderful educator, and he always told us to question assumptions. "There's an assumption," he said, "that schools are for students' learning. Well, why aren't they just as much for teachers' learning?"

B. Some characteristics of people with fixed mindsets:

Pages: Start, 25:
When a student with a fixed mindset gets poor or average grades / results she / he feels
- worthless, useless and dumb.
- like a failure / an idiot / a loser.
- that everyone is better.
- that life is unfair.
- that he cannot become something but has to already be something, for example be a talent, be perfect, be a part of the right clan / family / group / neighborhood.

Page 16: Four year-old children were given an easy jigsaw puzzle. Upon finishing that, they were asked if they would redo another easy one or try a harder one. Children with a fixed mindset wanted to stay with the easy one. They wanted the safe / secure choice. Kids, who are born smart, don't do mistakes, they said.

Page 52: People with a fixed mindset aim for people who will praise them for being faultless and perfect. The author frames this in the following way: "Next time you are tempted to surround yourself with worshipers, go to church. In the rest of your life, seek constructive criticism."

Reflecting on what I read in the book, I came to think about the importance of the following:
Learning strategies:
The brain.
Feeedback tips:
Educator roles.
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