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Growth Mindset

Once a blue bird, always a bluebird.

Johnny is the smart one. Sally is the pretty one.

Let me do that—it’s too hard for you.

Fixed mindset statements. Deadly. Stifling. Poisonous.

I grew up in the 1960’s when IQ testing was all the rage. Scientists and educators wanted to know our IQ so they could label and sort us into ability groups. Once tagged, we were destined to stay in our groups forever. After all, IQ is static, right? It never changes, so why would a teacher EVER change group members. Students had no hope of changing or advancement. Once a bluebird, always a bluebird.

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