Growth Mindset vs. Fixed Mindset

An important progression of educational thought and practice over the last few years revolves around the idea of “Growth Mindset” vs “Fixed Mindset.” Much of this comes from the studies and book of Carol Dweck called “Mindset: The New Psychology of Success.” You can also read an article from last year in Education Week here which articulates some of the main points of this approach.

When it comes to online learning, we can communicate growth mindset in the way we describe activities and especially the way we respond to students through manual and automatic feedback. Consider the chart below from the Education Week article.


How can you tune (or add) your automatic responses to students in online quizzes or your manual responses to discussion posts to better reflect the growth mindset? Some small tweaks could encourage great results in learning.

Feel like you have a handle on growth mindset responses? Take this quiz and find out: