Starting the Year with a New Mindset

Sep 30th, 2016

After reading the book “Mindset” for our staff book study, we followed up with a session to bring some of the learnings into our work at Annunciation Catholic school. At our meeting this week, our staff, led by consultant - Nancy Gerber,  practiced using a “growth mindset” in working together as a collegial team and applying learned strategies for nurturing growth mindsets with our students and ourselves.  

Mindset is a simple idea from world-renowned Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck based in decades of research on achievement and success—a simple idea that makes all the difference.

In a fixed mindset, people believe their basic qualities, like their intelligence or talent, are simply fixed traits. They also believe that talent alone creates success—without effort. 

In a growth mindset, people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work—intelligence and talent are just the starting point. This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment. 

Having a growth mindset for each member of our staff, as part of a team, is a key element of growing and improving our school.  As we tackle new methods of teaching and learning – whether it is our IB model or a new math curriculum – we need to believe that our dedication and hard work will make a difference. We need to model this and encourage this mindset in each other.

If we believe and model this growth mindset, it will also impact our work with students in a positive way. Teaching a growth mindset invites motivation and productivity – key elements in the worlds of business, education, and athletics. We are excited to use this framework of mindset throughout the year to help us grow as a staff and help our students develop as learners.

“With the right mindset and the right teaching, people are capable of more than we think.”  Carol Dweck, Mindset

Jennifer M. Cassidy,
Annunciation School