A Growth Mindset Approach to Supporting Children Who Experience Anxiety

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2017-04-28

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Smyth, Sheilagh

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Research has demonstrated an increase in the number of Canadian children who experience anxiety (Wadell, Shepherd, Schwartz, & Barican, 2014). Anxiety can create barriers to children’s participation in school, academic achievement, development of positive coping skills, social growth, and espousal of a healthy self-view. The goal of this project is to use a growth mindset approach to support children with anxiety by developing children’s resilience, self-efficacy, and motivation for learning. The result is a workshop for educators and administrators regarding strategies and resources for implementing a growth mindset intervention in the early years classroom. I draw on current literature to examine how teachers can structure the classroom environment to foster the development of a growth mindset perspective. In addition, I consider how educators can share a growth mindset perspective with parents.

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growth mindset, anxiety, children

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