What is a positive growth mindset? In simple terms, a positive growth mindset emphasizes the ever-evolving progress we can accomplish. No challenge is too difficult. No subject is impossible to learn. Coined by innovator Carol Dweck, the movement can help students achieve their goals inside and outside the classroom.

One of the easiest ways to introduce and nurture the growth mindset theory to children is to make an emphasis on utilizing the language inside your classroom.

Many educators stress the ‘power of yet’, a motto for the movement and a reminder to see projects as ever-evolving. This can be a helpful launching place in your classroom. For example, if a student is struggling with a math equation, you might hear the following: “I can’t do this!”┬áTake advantage of this moment and add in the word: yet. You can’t do this-yet.

This simple shift in language inspires students to re-evaluate their work and return to their projects with a fresh perspective.

There are always new strategies, new skills, new ways to approach a subject or a problem. One of the greatest aspects of the growth mindset is its emphasis on training the brain to grow. It’s easy to get stuck in our normal routines. But the growth mindset requires that we improve ourselves and our work.

As an educator and administrator, I’ve spent years gleaming new phrases from fellow teachers and friends. The best part of the growth mindset is the collaborative community. There are no secrets or hidden strategies.

What are a few other phrases that educators find successful?

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Educators and parents, too, should consider evaluating the language they use when addressing their students and children.
As you can see, the previous phrases emphasize and compliment a student’s actions or attitude. This is a wonderful way to motivate your students to continue ‘training their brains’.
What phrases do you find most valuable?