2.3 Encouraging an Academic Mindset – Demo

2.3 Encouraging an Academic Mindset



Good teachers encourage and support students to develop a positive academic mindset.
When a student feels a sense of belonging in a classroom community, believes that success is possible and within his or her control, and sees school work as interesting or relevant to his or her life, the student is much more likely to persist at academic tasks despite setbacks and to exhibit the kinds of academic behaviors that lead to learning and school success. Academic mindsets have been studied by Camille Farrington as a critical component of deeper learning.



Mindsets and Equitable Education by Carol Dweck. Think about the concept of growth and fixed mindsets. What are ways in which you can encourage a growth mindset culture (for students and for self). 



Watch the video Encouraging Students to Persist Through Challenges. Take note of growth mindset in action as the teacher encourages productive struggle. 



The “Strategy Backpack” is an opportunity to download resources, guidance, or working documents to support your future journey as a substitute teacher. To leverage these additional resources, create a Strategy Backpack folder in your Google Drive or on your hard drive. Review the materials provided, and save the information you find compelling in your personal folder. Strategy Backpack resources are completely optional to download or complete.

Review and copy the Academic Mindset Visual Aid to your strategy backpack. How might this chart support you to build a classroom culture that activates the components of an academic mindset? 

Visit the Mindset Toolkit with teacher activities that support: 

  • Teaching a growth mindset
  • Praising the process, not the person
  • Celebrating mistakes
  • Assessment for a growth mindset
  • Creation of tasks that promote struggle and growth
  • And more... 

Review the activities and suggestions, then add your favorites to your strategy backpack.