4 Ways to Promote Growth Mindset in PBL

Originally posted on GettingSmart.com.

“I can’t do this! I hate geometry! I’m too dumb for this!”

In our classroom, the word "can’t" was the worst four-letter word a student could use; after all, even the last three letters of "geometry" insist that you T-R-Y….TRY!

The student’s outburst is a classic example of fixed mindset. Fixed mindset tells the student to avoid challenges or to give up easily. Project Based Learning helps students understand that intelligence is just like any other skill – it can be developed. This is what Carol Dweck describes as growth mindset. The image below shows key differences between fixed and growth mindset.