A growth mindset resource for adolescents with a learning disability

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2019
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Basi, Kuldeep K.
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The purpose of this project is to create a resource for students to understand mindset perspectives and how to move from a fixed mindset to a growth mindset in a secondary classroom. The focus is on activities and self-reflections to assist students to move forward in their thinking. Students will come to understand how they have persevered in the past and how to use mindset strategies in the future to overcome challenges that they face. Students with learning disabilities often have difficulty self-advocating for their needs and feel as though their past performance dictates their future performance (fixed mindset). Research-based evidence suggests that all students, particularly those with a learning disability, may benefit from growth mindset interventions to work through academic challenges as well as social and emotional struggles. Studies have shown that the implementation of growth mindset strategies has increased motivation, self-efficacy and academic achievement through a variety of approaches used in the classroom. Much of the literature focuses on how teachers are to incorporate growth mindset strategies, primarily with elementary students in the classroom. These studies are the basis in the creation of the growth mindset activity guide, as the methods used are beneficial for all students, regardless of their age and how the strategies are incorporated at the high school level.The purpose of this project is to create a resource for students to understand mindset perspectives and how to move from a fixed mindset to a growth mindset in a secondary classroom. The focus is on activities and self-reflections to assist students to move forward in their thinking. Students will come to understand how they have persevered in the past and how to use mindset strategies in the future to overcome challenges that they face. Students with learning disabilities often have difficulty self-advocating for their needs and feel as though their past performance dictates their future performance (fixed mindset). Research-based evidence suggests that all students, particularly those with a learning disability, may benefit from growth mindset interventions to work through academic challenges as well as social and emotional struggles. Studies have shown that the implementation of growth mindset strategies has increased motivation, self-efficacy and academic achievement through a variety of approaches used in the classroom. Much of the literature focuses on how teachers are to incorporate growth mindset strategies, primarily with elementary students in the classroom. These studies are the basis in the creation of the growth mindset activity guide, as the methods used are beneficial for all students, regardless of their age and how the strategies are incorporated at the high school level.
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