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Changing Mindsets: Creative Strategies Through Applied Improvisation workshop hand-out

The greatest gifts we can give students and clients:

love of learninglove of challenge the ability to thrive on obstacles
Shifts in mindset determine how we respond to setbacks. 

Improvisation is always something new, it "stretches" our abilities and cultivates thinking skills while building social bonds that strengthen group members' connection to one another.

MINDSET is the frame through which we view our successes, mistakes, fears, and triumphs and plays a key role in our capacity to learn and change.In Mindset: The New Psychology of SuccessStanford 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."Mindsets frame the running account that's taking place in peoples' heads," she states. "They guide the whole interpretation process." Dr. Dweck's work identifies 2 distinctly different mindsets that have the greatest implications…

WHY IS EFFORT MORE IMPORTANT THAN OUTCOME? Because the improviser's mindset is the growth mindset

Mindset, according to researcher Carol Dweck, is the mental frame that keeps "a running account" of how we are doing, especially when involved with an effort to learn something new or change a habit. Students in school are continuously judged and evaluated by outcome - i.e. test scores - and adults by productivity. We internalize this outcome-focused mindset simply by its pervasiveness in a culture that can make us feel inadequate by comparison to others' fabulous facebook posts or number of Instagram followers. The "growth" mindset, according to a robust body of research, has a lasting impact on both children and adults' ability to stick it out through the tough parts of a learning process and keep going far beyond one's comfort zone in order to reach a goal. 
    One of the core thinking skills in this mindset is focusing on the effort and commitment toward a specific goal, not on the performance itself. When we are learning unfamiliar material, develo…