I’ve written before about using Diana Hestwood’s slide deck on growth mindset. It’s called “How Your Brain Learns and Remembers,” and it uses an explanation of neuron biology to promote a growth mindset. I found the slide deck pretty self-sufficient — it was complete enough not to require a presenter. In the spirit of “Presentation Zen,” I converted it into a handout and asked students to complete the questions embedded in it.
Note: my students needed a full 20 minutes to complete this thoughtfully without feeling rushed. This year I didn’t give them quite enough time and their responses are less personal than they have been in the past.
Comments From Students
“It takes more than insight of studying for dendrites to grow, it will take practice.”
“Good exercise, I recommend it for future students.”
“Neurons are amazing!”
Reblogged this on natural2me and commented:
Seit ein paar Tagen beschäftige ich mich intensiv mit dem Konzept des “mindset”, wie es von Carol Dweck beschrieben wird. Dazu habe ich hier einen tollen Beitrag gefunden:
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