“What on earth would make someone a non-learner? Everyone is born with an intense drive to learn. Infants stretch their skills daily. Not just ordinary skills, but the most difficult tasks of a lifetime, like learning to walk and talk. They never decide it’s too hard or not worth the effort. Babies don’t worry about making mistakes or humiliating themselves. They walk, they fall, they get up. They just barge forward. What could put an end to this exuberant learning? The fixed mindset. As soon as children become able to evaluate themselves, some of them become afraid of challenges. They become afraid of not being smart. I have studied thousands of people from preschoolers on, and it’s breathtaking how many reject an opportunity to learn.”

Carol S. Dweck, Mindset: The New Psychology Of Success

Hi, welcome to our blog again.

Here comes the secret we promised to share last week:

The secret to a successful learning journey is having the right mindset.

Learners with a fixed mindset believe that their own intelligence and talent are innate traits that don’t change (“I just can’t learn English.”). These students typically worry about not looking smart, get upset by mistakes, and give up sooner on tough tasks.

Learners with a growth mindset believe that ability can change as a result of effort, perseverance, and practice [“English is hard, but if I keep trying, I can get better at it.”).

Those with a growth mindset see mistakes as ways to learn, they embrace challenges, and persist in the face of setbacks.

This illustration from Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Dr. Carol Dweck compares the two mindsets.  Two+Mindsets

Here at Vertices we will coach you into having the right mindset to go through your learning journey. With the right tools and encouragement, you will be able to see results in no time.

PS: If you’re an ELT professional in Toronto and would like to know more about language coaching and learner autonomy, please come join us at The Disruptive Education Conference at the CSI – Annex (Center for Social Innovation) on April 6th and 7th.




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