The WSJ recently published the result of a German study which found that intelligence was not a factor in achievement. Although intelligence counts at the outset it’s a matter of motivation and study skills that bring growth.
The best learning environments are predicated on motivation and skills.
Here are some growth mindset principles:
~ Most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work—brains and talent are just the starting point.
~ Being mastery-oriented is about having the right mind-set. It is not about proving how smart you are
~ Emphasizing effort gives a child a variable that they can control
~ Intelligence is not a static state. Intelligence is something you acquire and can be developed.
The brain is like a muscle that gets stronger with use. Giving the brain a harder workout is akin to making the brain smarter. Simply put, learning helps you become smarter.