Have you ever thought about the difference between a “growth mindset” and a “fixed mindset”? What do they really mean? Where do they come from? Are we born with them? There is a significant difference between students with a growth mindset versus a fixed mindset. In this workshop, we will explore the difference between them. We will also consider the implications they have on successful learning and the ability to change and grow while we delve into a variety of strategies.


Participants will be able to name/explain/use:

  • The difference between a growth mindset and fixed mindset
  • How a growth mindset and a fixed mindset impacts children
  • Strategies for a growth mindset and fixed mindset


  • Self-Theories, C.S. Dweck
  • Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, Carol Dweck
  • Create-Abilities
  • Famous Failures, https://youtu.be/zLYECIjmnQs
  • Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance, Angela Duckworth
  • Making a Splash, Carol Relley
  • Mindset Matters, Bryan Smith
  • Your Fantastic Elastic Brain, JoAnn Deak
  • The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes, Mark Pett & Gary Rubinstein
  • Mistakes that Worked, Charlotte Foltz
  • The Most Magnificent Thing, Ashley Spires
  • A Perfectly Messed-Up Story, Patrick McDonnell
  • Games, Lives in Progress

Format:  PowerPoint, Facilitated Discussion, Interactive Activities, Videos


  • 1 to 1.5 hrs. (Conferences only)
  • 3 hr. Workshop