Growth Mindset Inventory



5 minutes
Learners complete the Growth and Fixed Mindset Inventory to capture current student levels of
understanding and depth of knowledge of key concepts.

At the beginning of this activity, please describe the inventory scoring process and discuss in general the outcomes.
Let them know there are no “right or wrong” answers, rather the scores serve as indicators of their current
inclination toward a growth or fixed mindset. 


Name                                                                                  Class                                                                      Date

Growth and Fixed Mindset Inventory  |  Symposium 2014 – The Makings of an Extraordinary Challenge

Student Instructions:

1)     Read each prompt carefully to consider your overall personal beliefs, then rate each response accordingly

2)     When complete, add up subtotals in each column – then add up the final score as the grand total

People learn new things all the time, but they really cannot change their basic, general level of intelligence.

Mostly false

 

 

Not sure

 

 

Mostly true

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

Work is best when it:

Makes me think hard

 

 

Is easy to accomplish without much difficulty

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

I am comfortable with making many mistakes along the way to figuring things out.

Most of the time

 

 

 

Seldom

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

If work is very hard or it is difficult for me to understand:

I take it on as a challenge

 

 

 

I don’t want to continue

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

When others succeed while I make errors, it:

Doesn’t bother me at all

 

 

 

Bothers me a lot

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

Subtotals:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grand Total:

 

Source: Dr. Robert K. Greenleaf, Greenleaf Learning, 2014.



5 minutes
Teams make sense of informative feedback and identify relevant findings.

At the beginning of Step 2, please assist the students as they process their inventory scores - as indicators of their
current
 inclination toward a growth or fixed mindset


Name                                                                                      Class                                                                       Date

Growth and Fixed Mindset Inventory  |  Symposium 2014 – The Makings of an Extraordinary Challenge

Making Sense of Your Scored Results

The lower the total, the more inclined
you may be towards a growth mindset

The higher the total, the more inclined
you maybe towards a fixed mindset

5-10

High Growth Mindset Orientation

11-17

Moderate Growth Mindset Orientation

18-22

Mixed Mindset Orientation

23-29

Moderate Fixed Mindset Orientation

30-35

High Fixed Mindset Orientation

A Growth Mindset Believes:

  • To become talented, we can develop the necessary skills and knowledge

  •  To become more intelligent, we can do so by way of learning

  • To figure things out, sometimes it requires tenacity and persistence

  • To make some things work, it requires greater effort

  • To succeed, sometimes it is best to seek assistance

A Fixed Mindset Believes:

  • Either we are naturally born with talent or we are not

  • Either we are born intelligent or we are not

  • Either we “get it” quickly or we don’t

  • Either we pick things up quickly, or we are not smart

  • Either we avoid or engage, it all depends on how hard something is

Source: Dr. Robert K. Greenleaf, Greenleaf Learning, 2014.