“Be not afraid of growing slowly, be afraid of standing still.” This Chinese proverb highlights the importance of growth for individuals, rather than recording no growth at all. Having a growth mindset is helpful for individuals in general. However, it is particularly important for children to learn and adapt to habits that will help them inculcate such values at a very young age. Here are five ways you as a teacher can nurture a growth mindset among kids.
Help Kids Overcome Anxiety
It is common for children to feel anxious. Several factors could contribute to anxiety such as backlog in studies, peer pressure, academic struggles, and so on. It is important for teachers to look out for signs hinting towards the same. Students struggling with anxiety issues might exhibit a lack of concentration and irritation. You should speak to them and try to understand the causes. Hear them out. Help them believe that you have immense trust in their capabilities. Moreover, help them figure out solutions to overcome anxiety.
Introspect Their Learning Ways
Having seen that academics can be a cause of anxiety in students, you should be able to introspect their learning ways in the classroom (even in online teaching sessions). Speak to parents and understand the kids’ learning methods at home. Having understood the methods, you should introduce them to structured lesson plans to ease the pressure on them. Moreover, you can introduce reflective thinking activities that prompt kids to think about what they have learned.
Encourage Creative Thinking
Creativity is one of the most sought-after skills to acquire in the classroom. As a teacher, you should encourage creative thinking through immersive lesson plans. The learning experiences should be curated with the aim to encourage the students to present their ideas without any hesitation. Similarly, you should come up with learning activities that allow them to explore creativity in interesting and relevant ways. These activities could include the use of flashcards, group projects, debates, and more.
Teach Them to Tackle Failure
In a classroom, not every student succeeds. It’s important to help kids learn from failure. Discuss with them and try to understand their shortcomings. Indeed, there is a potential for learning in every failure. Encourage your students to find the positives and revisit their learning strategies. Make them realize that failure is temporary and they have the potential to bounce back the next time around. Indeed, real winners are those who learn from their mistakes and capitalize on them to produce extraordinary results.
Success is Not Restricted to Academics
There is a perceived notion that an individual’s development is restricted merely to their academics. However, it’s time that teachers denounce such ideas openly in the classroom. While it’s good to perform well in school, that shouldn’t be the only parameter for success. Let your students know that there’s always scope for improvement in life. Sight examples of people who have succeeded in life despite struggling at learning. Highlight the importance of perseverance and hard work to yield better results.
Students should be introduced to the idea of individual growth at the right age, through the right means. Indeed, nurturing a growth mindset will not only benefit them academically but also promote inclusive personality development in the long run.