Monday, March 25, 2013

Mindset by Carol Dweck ***

If all you only have is a grill, all food looks like BBQ. Mindset by Carol Dweck is a book with a single idea that is dipped in a hundred different sauces and each is grilled to a char.

Carol divides all people into fixed mindset (people are fixed in talent, intelligence, etc) and growth mindset (people can grow their talent, intelligence, etc). Fixed mindsets are stuck ... they can not change. For the individuals, this makes each failure catastrophic. For the teachers/coaches, growth is not expected, and this becomes a self-fulfilling prophesy.

Though the author is a research professor, her book is predominantly anecdote, gossip, and supposition.

On the other hand, this single idea is pretty interesting. though reading the first couple of chapters, and maybe the last one is more than sufficient. Since there is only one item on the menu, any course offers the same value as the full menu. Bottom line: Foster a growth mindset and avoid a fixed mindset. Evaluate the action, not the person.

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