Carol Dweck notes the importance of writing a plan in order to develop a student’s Growth Mindset. By creating a plan and visualising how you will carry it out, it helps to foster and encourage a Growth Mindset when faced with failure or a negative situation. Attached is a PDF that school staff can use to produce a Growth Mindset Plan for Learning (which you could easily adapt to create a plan that addresses a particular problem too). There is also an example KS4 Growth Mindset plan to give you an idea of what a completed plan might look like, and this can easily be tweaked for a KS2 class too.
As you’ll see from the PDF, there is a focus on self-talk. These inner voices can have a profound effect on whether we are going to be successful or not on a particular task. This private dialogue works hard to organise thoughts, regulate behaviour and develop self awareness.
Self talk is critical to managing mindsets. Pupils need to know what type of mindset the inner voices are, and then reframe them, if need be. In fact, Dweck actually thinks naming a Fixed Mindset is a good idea. When it appears in a person’s mind (for example, ‘you’re not good enough to be able to do that too!’), the student can respond by thinking, ‘fly away Freddy Fixed Mindset’, or something else the pupil has created. By personalising the Fixed Mindset, it is being acknowledged as a concern, but then is being put aside so the learner can move forward.