The Importance of a Growth Mindset

Lucas Brien's Blog

I always have been, and I always will be, bad at math. This is what I told myself so many times last year, even though my struggles in Honors Geometry were largely attributed to the fact that I was lazy and did not pay attention in math during 8th grade. It’s okay that I’m bad at math, I told myself, because I’m pretty good at English. This way of thinking actually did hurt me in the beginning of Innovation Lab, because when we started learning graphing and regressions, my immediate thought was that I was doomed,  my previous mistakes had finally caught up with me, my math grade would be terrible and maybe Community College wouldn’t  be so bad. This was an example of a fixed mindset. I assumed that I wasn’t prepared to do the math, and it wasn’t even worth trying, and I felt a lot like the man in the photo below. On…

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