Divergent EDU Chapter Five

Chapter 5: Formulating the Mindset

Summary: We can give people support to change their mindset, but ultimately the change resides within them. Carol Dweck’s work in growth and fixed mindset and George Couros’s work in The Innovator’s Mindset show us how our thinking can be either work for us or against us in our search for innovative and divergent thought. Developing a core belief system can help aid in making decisions and knowing what you stand for. Being aware of the way your brain thinks and the attitudes you carry toward topics can help you find areas where change is needed. Weaknesses or fear shouldn’t be things that hold you back. Instead, recognizing those issues, dealing with them, and moving forward can help lead to a successful change in mindset.

A divergent teacher is not afraid to challenge current practices and assumptions to find better solutions.

Additional Resources:
Mindset Online by Carol Dweck
4 Mental Tricks to Conquer Fear by Geoffrey James

Referenced Books:
Innovator’s Mindset by George Couros

Guiding Questions:

  1. Growth, innovator’s, and fixed mindset are a continuum. Where would you put yourself on these continua?
  2. Do you know someone who has a growth mindset? False growth mindset? Fixed mindset? What is it like working with each of these people?
  3. What do you think it’s like working with you, given your mindset? How does your mindset affect the people around you?
  4. People with similar mindsets tend to gravitate together. How can you utilize the group’s strengths to try to bring them toward having an innovator’s mindset and thinking divergently?
  5. Mindset is very personal. You can only try to guide people in changing their mindset — you can’t do it for them. What strategies do you think you can introduce to others to help them get started on their journey?
  6. How do you combat a false growth mindset in yourself? Others?