THE GROWTH MINDSET IN LEARNING AND CHANGE WORKSHOP HAND-OUT - Applied Improvisation games, research, and resources
Heraclitus, Greek Philosopher
"The view you adapt for yourself profoundly affects the way you live your life."
Carol Dweck, PhD
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Mindset is a frame through which we view our successes, mistakes, fears, and triumphs and plays a key role in an individual's capacity to learn and change. In Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, Stanford University researcher Carol Dweck writes that mind sets are powerful driver of perceptions about self and others as well as one’s capabilities and place in the world. "They guide the whole interpretation process." Her work identifies 2 distinctly different mindsets that have the greatest implications to successful learning and change over the lifespan, the "Growth mindset" and the "Fixed mindset."
also be described as the "luck" factor of abilities we are born with - are more central to successful learning and change than effort and commitment. Dweck's work demonstrates that we can develop what she calls a “growth” mindset – centered in the belief that our most basic abilities can be enhanced through hard work and dedication, “that brains and talent are just the starting point.” Research shows that even seemingly small social-psychological interventions that target limiting, self-negating thoughts and feelings can lead to deep, sustainable change.
Psychotherapy and counseling are ideal formats through which to identify a "fixed" mindset and systematically replace it with a "growth" mindset.
- BRAIN PLASTICITY
The "growth" mindset builds on this idea that we can choose our attitude toward change and about what it means to fail or succeed. And that if we believe we can learn something new or develop a skill set that is needed to realize a goal, we will be more likely to stick with the process until we have mastered it.
- Enter into the "state of play" which is the brain's instinctive learning state;
- Learn a new, unfamiliar task that produces new neural pathways;
- Observe through experience how quickly the brain seeks out and forms patterns;
- Experience the cognitive process that occurs a pattern is disrupted;
- Experience the subtle discomfort involved with not knowing what will happen next which strengthens resilience and is central to the growth mindset;
- Experience the opportunity to make a creative choice;
- Share something unique about self in a creative way;
- Build up the connections within a group and increase the sense of safety;
Then the leader introduces another option: "Boing" which is said with one foot off the ground and arms waving the head. The person whose turn it is to move the energy can decide to go "Boing" and everyone repeats "Boing" after which the person continues to "whiz" the energy to the next person.
Then the leader introduces another option: Freakout, which is everybody starts screaming and running to a different place in the circle.
After a few rounds, the leader asks a participant to name their favorite movie or book. A phrase and movement is generated from this information, e.g. favorite movie The Wizard of Oz prompts clicking heels together and saying "There's no place like home." This becomes another option players can choose when it is their turn. As play continues, other players contribute a line and movement based on their favorite movie, book or story.
- Practice the improvisation principle of making the most out of what is given, which is also central to the "growth" mindset;
- Practice receiving from others which enhances skills in collaboration;
- Practice thinking on your feet and staying open while under pressure;
- Practice making something good out of an obstacle, which is central to the "growth" mindset;
Debrief after the game: What is it like to decide to have a positive attitude about the unknown and unpredictable "gifts" in life? What is involved with making some good out of a "gift" that is observably bad?
Ten Habits of Highly Effective Brains
What has to happen for information to be storied in long-term memory and available for use when under stress?
More tools for use in the classroom or consulting room available at www.mindsetworks.com
In a fixed mindset, you stick with what you know to keep up your confidence. In a growth mindset, you keep up your confidence by always pushing into the unfamiliar, to make sure you’re always learning (jump into uncertainty, experiment).
Applied Improvisation and creative methods provide a pathway for facing and dealing with the unfamiliar which promotes the development of skills for working with uncertainty and exploring new ideas.
Applied Improvisation and creative methods foster internal confidence through gradual development of skills and exploration with new thinking that provides new experiences
Applied Improvisation and creative methods use failure as a pathway to learning what works and letting go of what does of work. Failure and mistakes are part of the learning and growth process.
Applied Improvisation occurs through interaction and collaboration with others, and is grounded in the philosophy that working out issues and conflicts is a skill set that can be learned.
Jude Treder-Wolff, LCSW, CGP, MT is a trainer/consultant and writer/performer. She is host/creator of the storytelling show (mostly) TRUE THINGS, which is performed monthly at The Performing Arts Studio in Port Jefferson, NY. To subscribe to the newsletter with complete information about upcoming workshops and events email: firstname.lastname@example.org and put "subscribe" in the subject line. Follow her on Twitter