Encourage a growth mindset in teachers

By Learning Forward
August 2020
Vol. 41, No. 4
Growth mindset, a concept that has been influential throughout education and beyond, is core to successful instructional coaching. Coaches not only embody a growth mindset toward teaching and learning, but the very purpose of our work is helping that mindset come alive in the professional growth of teachers. We support teachers in seeing student learning needs as opportunities to improve teaching excellence, and we recognize that each experience, regardless of outcome, has a place in the learning journey. Challenges to growth mindset typically occur not with the concept, but in living within it. That’s especially true when engaging in professional learning inquiry requires us to rethink our familiar, comfortable teaching plans. When I was a coach, I sometimes found it difficult to promote an ongoing

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Sharron Helmke

 Sharron Helmke is a Gestalt awareness coach and a senior consultant for Learning Forward. 

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