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English teacher, mum, blogger, interested in Web 2.0 and its impact on learning, education & literature.

MINDSET: Fixed Vs Growth

“It’s not what you are born with that matters; it’s your mindset that matters”!  During the month I spent at home recovering from surgery, I’ve had a chance to devote to my favourite pastime, that is to say, reading. Therefore, I’d like to start the last month of our academic year together, dealing with a thought-provoking book that has somehow inspired me and that I believe may help you improve your school life, your sports career but also, for the senior students, your future university career.

1) WHAT IS THE MEANING OF MINDSET? Write down your definition & check the dictionary if you don’t know the answer. What’s the equivalent Italian word?

Now, according to the author Dr. Carol S.Dweck, there are two different types of mindset, the FIXED and the GROWTH.

2) Watch video 1 and do the ex in the worksheet deciding which statement belongs to Fixed and which to Growh mindset.

Now here are two visual summaries of the main feature of the two opposed mindsets in terms of SKILLS = ABILITA, CHALLENGES =SFIDE, EFFORT = SFORZO, FEEDBACK & SETBACKS = OSTACOLI, IMPEDIMENTI.

3) Read it carefully and write down the ones that you feel are more “you” and you identify with.

Can you think of a leader or famous person you consider an example of a growth mindset? Who do you think will be mentioned in the next video?

In the t hird video you will find a summary of the book Mindset: How You Can Fulfil Your Potential by Carol Dweck.


I’d like to end this post with two thought-provoking infographics to reflect upon. Keep in mind that by success, we mean the accomplishment of an aim or purpose, so you can apply it to your daily life or to a higher level of experience. Think of a person you identify as successful and define their positive indicators. 

Glossary: Exude: show, manifest, display openly; fly by the seat of your pants: to do something difficult without the necessary skill or experience. Hold a grudge: maintain a feeling of resentment toward someone. Transactional: relating to the conducting of business, especially buying or selling.

Last but not least, should you fail in a test or any other field of your daily life, do you think it’d be worth assuming, taking on the new growing mindset? Why yes or why not? Leave a comment. 

Quiz Mindset PDF  Link to Carol Dweck’s Ted talk The Power of Believing that you can Improve. Worth watching.

QUIZ 2: Take the Mindset Assessment to Learn More About Your Mindset

I really hope you’ve enjoyed this lesson and I’m looking forward to reading your comments. If you don’t feel like writing one, don’t do it for the sake of doing it, repeating what others have written or copying and pasting stuff. I do not have time to waste.  But remember: I truly value your EFFORT 🙂 & enjoy reading meaningful & heartfelt comments. 

Joyce’s Ulysses

This mornoing you’ve experienced the Stream of Consciousness. Hope you had some fun 😉  Now you can listen to Molly Bloom’s last 50 lines of her famous Ulysses monologue. Angeline Ball in her IFTA Award winning role as Molly Bloom from the film Bloom.

E ora una perla dal programma Totem di Alessandro Baricco. Stefania Rocca interpreta il monologo di Molly Bloom, di cui riesce ad esaltare la musicalità (e la passione) con inserti del testo in lingua originale e la sottolineatura ritmica dell’orchestra di scena. Nella preparazione si intuisce la regia di Baricco.

I’d like to end this post on Joyce with Stephen Fry’s short One Minute Book Review Video of the novel Ulysses. “I’ll tell you the book I have chosen as my favourite book. And it may make some people’s heart sink, because it is associated with difficulty, where in fact it should be associated with joy…” “It is to me the most perfectly written book. Or perhaps the second most perfectly written book. But this book is deeper, richer and wider.” “I have no idea what it’s like in Dutch, I can’t imagine how you would translate it. But if your English is good enough, read it. And you’ll be astonished by how beautiful it is.”