classroomWhenever approaches gain popularity there is always a certain danger that some people start viewing them as magic bullets, approaches capable of solving just about any problem. But no approach can be expected to solve each and every problem. The same goes for helping people develop a growth mindset. Creating a growth mindset culture will often provide a good contribution to improving the effectiveness of individuals, schools, sports teams, and organizations. But it is never the only thing you will need to improve effectiveness. For example, creating a growth mindset culture in class rooms is likely to help to create a more pleasant atmosphere and better learning in classes but there are many other things to consider in order to create effective education. Also, there are other theoretical perspectives which can be quite useful for improving education. It is probably unwise to look at reality through only one theoretical lens. There are other theoretical lenses which might also be valid and useful. 

One example is autonomy supportive teaching which can be accomplished by things such as: 1) providing choice, 2) encourage students’ experimentation and self-initiation, 3) foster students’ willingness to take on challenges, explore new ideas and persist at difficult activities, 4) offer optimal challenges (neither too easy, nor too difficult, 5) provide feedback that is not evaluative of the person, 6) give meaningful rationale for requested behavior, 7) acknowledge feelings, 8) set up cooperative learning opportunities.

As you can see these tips for creating autonomy supportive teaching do overlap partially with the growth mindset approach (in particular items 3, 4, and 5) but also emphasize some unique factors (in particular items 1, 2, 6, 7, and 8).

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