Our education system has focused for too long on what students lack, where they are failing, and what is “wrong” with them. This “deficit thinking”—or mindset—fails to see the innate strengths of students and runs the risk of inhibiting their ability to realize their full potential before they even get started. One of the most significant opportunities for those working in education today is a shift from this harmful deficit mindset to a growth mindset with a strengths-based approach.
Understanding the differences between them are key to each of us getting where we want to be in life. The exact opposite of a fixed mindset is a growth mindset, in which the growth we experience throughout our lives is what we value the most.