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Learning Styles Realized In Carol S. Dweck's Book, Mindset

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While reading the book Mindset by Carol S. Dweck I learned much about my personal learning style, the realization about how I work with others, and how much an attitude or preconceived idea can influence how I live my life. This also directly impacts my thoughts as an aspiring teacher. All of which have made me come to the realization that as a teacher I will need to be aware of not only my mindset but also be aware of how students can be influenced by their mindsets.
While reading this book I found out that under certain circumstances I am a fixed mindset rather than a growth mindset. One, very identifiable, area I have a fixed mindset in, is the math content area. When ever I ...view middle of the document...

Instead the professor went with the skipping it. Honestly, I’m still a bit mad I don’t know the right answers.
Then a student from my practicum reminded me of a section of the book, page 58, discussed students with a fixed mindset who puts the minimum effort into assignments and learning material. This student will always do just what is required. Even when I promote high order thinking or challenge him to think outside of the box he just replies, “Yes, but I’ve already done what the directions say”. In regards to this, I found the text to be very helpful in describing how this case is used to either assert independence or is used as a form of protection from judgment. Which in my students case, while in a setting that is clearly different than the typical school setting, I feel he has definitely built this “low-effort syndrome” because he feels he needs to protect himself from judgment. Someone judged him to get him there, which I feel has locked him into this fixed mindset.
Another point of the book that I found especially powerful was in the section on “Brutal Bosses”. On this is says,” to enhance their own feelings of power, competence, and value at the subordinate’s experience” (123). This becomes relevant to me in how I will someday be the “boss” or more suiting the “leader” of the classroom. How the attitudes I hold can install certain mindsets within my students (or maybe even my co-workers). I would never want a student to slip into a fix mindset because of me. I would much rather promote growth in areas of struggle. That is one reason why I feel this section impacted me when I read it, as a teacher I have power, just like a boss...

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