Parents and Teachers globally are recognising the usefulness in promoting growth mindset in their children.

Mindset is a way of thinking about things – a way in which we see the world. Everyone has a mindset. Teaching children to be aware of their mindset, helps them to regulate their emotions and overcome problems. We have always wanted our children to grow up and face new challenges with courage, persistence and resilience. Recently, neuroscience has shown us that learning about the brain enhances children’s learning.

By identifying growth mindset, and fixed mindset children will become aware of their own mindsets. Annabel and Turtle highlights two differing mindsets.

Turtle – Fixed Mindset

Turtle, has fixed mindset, and this is symbolised by his hard shell. Fixed mindset has been found to be the most common mindset. It’s the inner voice in us that says “I can’t do this, it’s too hard,” or “I’m not good at maths/singing/fill_in_the_blanks_here.” Turtle displays this behaviour in both the books and podcasts, very dramatically in a way that’s easy for children to identify. Turtle will cry and refuse to try something if he doesn’t believe he will succeed. He will have a tantrum if something doesn’t go his way.

Annabel – Growth Mindset

Annabel approaches problems with a growth mindset. When she encounters problems, she overcomes them with perseverance, and seeks help where necessary. She is a great friend for Turtle, whom she regularly encourages to try things in a new way, to try again and again, and to take deep breathes to calm down during his regular tantrums!

Further Reading

Dweck, Carol. Mindset. London : Robinson, an imprint of Constable & Robinson Ltd, 2017.

Duckworth, Angela. Grit: the power of passion and perseverance. London : Vermilion, 2016.

Sigel, Dan and Tina Payne Bryson The whole-brain child : 12 revolutionary strategies to nurture your child’s developing mind. Brunswick, Vic. Scribe Publications, 2012, 2011.