Growth Mindset in the Classroom

The way a child approaches maths can have a fundamental impact on their success in the subject, so we look into what a growth mindset is, how much of a difference it makes and whether it should be a part of classroom teaching.

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Carol Dweck’s growth mindset theory has captured the imaginations of thousands of maths teachers.

However, things are still unclear when encouraging a growth mindset. Research in the UK shows mixed results, and even Dweck has expressed concerns about the ‘misuse’ of mindset.

This short, sharp guide from Whizz Education gives you the insights you need:

  • What is a growth mindset in maths?
  • Should we try to teach it?
  • Five ways to teach a growth mindset in the classroom

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Thousands of students and teachers are trapped in the belief that they are ‘bad at maths’.

At Whizz Education, we’re all too familiar with that belief, and with the effect it has on learning and teaching. 12 years of work with schools across the UK has shown us the importance of making maths fun and engaging, of building confidence, and of getting the level of challenge right for each individual.

We’re also familiar with the power of positive beliefs in maths. We know what students and teachers can achieve when they believe they ‘can do maths’, and when they enjoy themselves. That’s why we build Maths-Whizz, our online service for schools, the way we do.

We’re all for teaching a growth mindset, right? Well, not quite.

Download Part Two of the 2017 Whizz Insights to find out: ‘Does a growth mindset make a difference in maths?’ And should you be teaching a growth mindset in the classroom?