Tuesday, 15 September 2015

VILLANOVA PRACTICES GROWTH MINDSET

VILLANOVA  PRACTICES GROWTH MINDSET - The Power of 'Yet'


Everybody can learn.  The only variable is time.  While some students pick up on things quickly, others may not get it .....yet.  At Villanova, we are introducing the power of one simple word - YET.  The word yet allows students the freedom to make mistakes, to feel less pressure, and to gain confidence that with perseverance, they will get it.

The science shows that making mistakes and working through them encourages physical brain growth.  More synapses and pathways are created allowing people to increase working intelligence. This disproves the fixed mindset that people are born with the amount intelligence that they will ever possess.  It has also been shown that students whose success relied solely on memorization were no longer as successful as those with growth mindsets in both post-secondary and in the workforce.

Here, at Villanova, we are reinforcing the philosophy that changing your words will indeed change your mindset.