Building resilience with a growth mindset

Resilience can be best defined as the ability to recover from setbacks, adapt well to change and keep going in the face of adversity. Educators, parents, and students need to understand how resilience can be a key enabler to academic success.

As educators, we understand that positive teacher-student relationships lead to an increase in both academic and social development. According to a meta-analysis conducted by the Department of Education, positive teacher-student relationships were linked to increasing cognitive, behavioural and increased attainment of knowledge. On the contrary, negative teacher-student relationships were linked to poorer student engagement, resulting in poorer results.

There are many ways that educators and parents build resilience in students, but in our experience, adopting a growth mindset has proven to be most effective.

What is a growth mindset?

While there is no concrete way to define a growth mindset, put simply: it is a student’s understanding that their abilities can be developed. Some may think that this comes down to intuition and intelligence, but in our experience; developing a growth mindset is something that can be nurtured and coached.

How do you coach a growth mindset?

Coaching a growth mindset can sound intimidating to most, but by communicating with students openly and giving them a good framework, coaching a growth mindset may be embedding a set of affirmations that combat a limited mindset. The infographic below compares what a growth mindset affirmation sounds like in comparison to that of a limited mindset.

Above all, open communication and holistic feedback provide students with opportunities to develop their resilience and establish a growth mindset. Having a growth mindset nurtures our students to take calculated risks and become future focused, as they continue to unlock their potential.

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