Growth Mindset Research Paper

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set Jonathan Davis Professor C. Taber CSS 125-02 November 28, 2011 Mindset of a Student Starting college for some people is straightforward. They have an idea in their heads of what to expect and how to handle it and succeed. The thought of failure does not scare this group of people because they are ready in their minds to meet the challenge. This group of people has what we call a growth mindset. Others go to college with a fork in the road outlook on college. They assume they are going to fail or if they are they are going to succeed. This group of people has a fixed mindset. When I first went to college, I had a bit of both. I knew I could succeed in whatever I wanted to do with my life, but the problem was I didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life. As students; however, we all process many strengths, mine being that I’m a great reader, but I wasn’t always a great reader. When I was in first grade, I was placed in special education because of my poor reading skills. Now this helped me a lot, by showing me where my weaknesses where in reading. Consequently…show more content…
Math was something I was always good at because I looked at it like a challenge to my intellect, I am right or I am wrong. On one occasion when I was doing math work in class, my teacher asked me to do complex math problems, and I did them with no problem. My teacher was surprised I could do them; in fact she took me out of special education for math because of this. Now this gave me an outlook that my teacher did not know my potential as a student and she was not going to challenge me. She was just going to give me work based on what she thought my ability was. From this moment on, I became a self-taught person because I felt teachers could not help me if they were not going to push

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