23 Powerful Words for the Growth Mindset

Using words of power to help grown the Growth Mindset in your classroom
The Growth Mindset is so important to your classroom. Fostering the Growth Mindset in your students is the best way to increase the love of learning and develop collaboration among your students. Read on to find out 23 powerful words that will help you cultivate the Growth Mindset in your classroom.

Have you ever heard: Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me?

This is a lie. Words hurt.

Words such as stupid, dumb, loser, failure, and hate can hurt. Even words as simple as and unassuming as can't and quit can have a harmful impact on your life. They can paralyze you.

Why do they hurt?

Words have power!

There are so many quotes about the power of words. Here are a couple.

Proverbs 18:21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue

Proverbs 21:23 Whoever keeps his mouth and his tongue keeps himself out of trouble.

Mother Teresa "Kind words are short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless."

"Handle them carefully, for words have more power than atom bombs." Pearl Hurd

"Words have the power to both destroy and heal." Buddha

"Words are containers for power. You choose what kind of power they carry." Joyce Meyer

Our words have power. Our words lead our minds. And our minds lead our hearts.

Our words drive our Mindset.

A Mindset is the basic beliefs we hold about ourselves and our worlds. Mindset is what you believe about others and YOURSELF.

Growth Mindset

People with the Growth Mindset want to learn. They see effort as a way to succeed. They learn from mistakes and know they can always improve.  Growth Mindset people embrace challenges and keep trying even when it is hard. They learn from feedback and love to see others succeed.

This is the Mindset we want our students to have. Growth Mindset leads to growth and success.

To ensure we are heading towards the Growth Mindset, we need to be speaking the right words.

Add these 23 words to your classroom vocabulary to help foster the Growth Mindset! 

As you read through the words, think about what impact they could have on your classroom and on your individual students. Each word brings a unique focus to your classroom.

  1. Mindset
  2. Yet
  3. Can 
  4. Effort
  5. Collaborate
  6. Participate
  7. Knowledge
  8. Teach 
  9. Feedback
  10. Explain
  11. Fearless
  12. Courage
  13. Praise
  14. Kind
  15. Support
  16. Truth
  17. Safety
  18. Challenge
  19. Team
  20. Improve
  21. Mistakes
  22. Best
  23. Friend

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What other words would you have added to the list of Power Words?

23 Powerful Words that will help teach your students the Growth Mindset

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