How do you keep students motivated to learn? Here are 5 tips you can implement immediately in your class. 1. Allow the first 5–10 minutes of class for discussion. Creating a shared space to talk about non-cognitive issues, such as struggles with financial aid or added stress from jobs, shows students that you understand they … Continue reading 5 Ways to Promote an Academic Mindset (Especially in Corequisite Courses)
Have you had students who just didn’t seem to care about class? They may have shown up physically, but they were somewhere else mentally. They barely participated in class discussions, and their writing lacked the effort you tried so hard to encourage them to put forth. How do you combat this apathy? According to Stanford … Continue reading Fighting Students’ Apathy with a Growth Mindset Approach
Researchers like Peter DeWitt warn against having a fixed mindset when it comes to cultivating a growth mindset in class. For example, many instructors are at risk of falling into the trap of equating a growth mindset with effort. However, putting forth effort is just one facet of this mindset; students must also learn from … Continue reading Fixed on a Growth Mindset?
We usually try our best to avoid mistakes. When we make them, we feel like we have failed. However, mistakes can create wonderful learning opportunities and teachable moments. The article "Why Understanding These Four Types of Mistakes Can Help Us Learn" by Eduardo Briceño breaks down a few different types of mistakes and how we … Continue reading 4 Mistakes that Help You Learn
This article was originally posted in KQED News. While this article focuses on younger students, the message still applies to all learners: Failure can be productive. Research on growth mindset suggests instructors should encourage the process of problem solving (especially if it's challenging), so students aren't completely dissuaded by failing at the task and, instead, … Continue reading The Growth Mindset