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Teach Teachers How to Nurture Growth + Infinite Mindsets: Language to Scale Student Agency!

Fundamentally shift the way that adults talk to learners so that youth develop the growth-infinite mindset to live with agency + purpose

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I am a.....

  • Teacher

Tell us about your idea

From a counterintuitive perspective, I’m wondering if radically reimagining what we need our education systems to be means starting with how adults talk to young people. This would be radical because it would break down the hierarchical culture within schools with its focus on compliance. This culture is embedded in the language used in the hallways, classrooms, and offices.

My thoughts are informed by Dr. Carol Dweck’s ideas about growth mindset + Simon Sinek’s ideas about infinite mindset.

Both are rooted in the realities of how language shapes identity + behavior as well as the notion that learning is co-created through complex interactions. Interactions that are ideally equity focused for infinite growth rather than compliance focused for fixed worldviews. 

Both promote student agency.

What part(s) of the pre-COVID school system do you wish to leave in the past? Why?

Compliance based teaching which is relate to teacher fragility. State + national standards and testing. MAYBE competency based standards would be okay.

Tell us a little bit about yourself and what inspired you to share this idea.

I am a career classroom teacher with deep interest in teaching models, equity, and design thinking applications. There are a lot of calls for change right now but I think the most basic elements of a teaching practice might be where change needs to start. Are students missing most those teachers who speak to them in a certain way?

What region are you located in?

  • North America

Where are you located?

I live in San Antonio, Texas which unfortunately has 17 independent school districts based on race and class issues. helping teachers and parents understand how their words shape learning might be helpful across all racial and economic and gender divides...


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Good approach, worth emphasizing the element of growth to also overcome adversity. When a child is focused on moving forward, is less likely to let himself down.

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