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Challenging (and Changing) Fixed Mindsets in the Classroom

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Challenging (and Changing) Fixed Mindsets in the Classroom

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Fresh from winter break, my students want to test my boundaries—and they should. But even as they challenge me, many of my students will also limit themselves by defining their intelligence and talents as fixed traits. Each semester I hear the familiar refrains: “I’m not a good writer,” “I should stick to math and science,” and even the occasional, “I’m just not a good student.”

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