Learning Essay


Given research over the last several decades, one thing that is clear about learning is that people, including students, of course, who think they can improve their ability to learn achieve better grades and success in other areas of their lives. On the other hand, people who think their ability to learn is just something they are born with, that they can’t help, do less well.

Thinking — really believing — that you can improve your ability to learn has come to be known as a Growth Mindset, while thinking you are simply stuck with what you were born with is called a Fixed Mindset.

Richland College is currently engaged in a Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), which doesn’t really matter to you except that you’ll run into it in some of your classes. The basis of the QEP is “Developing Learning Power,” and helping students develop Growth Mindsets is part of the program. Technically this Government 2305 class is not part of the QEP, but we will be doing a few things during the semester that are aimed at doing some of the same things the QEP is working on.

So, for this assignment, I would like for you to read through the attached brief slideshow, take the little quiz that’s in there, and write a brief reflection on what you read and did. You will not be graded on the quiz. It’s just a way for you to find out for yourself if you have more of a Growth or Fixed Mindset currently. Over the semester, as I said, we’ll do just a couple of things that may help build that Growth Mindset.

Your Reflection should be written, as with everything in this class, in MLA format, with Times New Roman font, 12 point, double-spaced, and an appropriate MLA heading. For this assignment there really won’t be a “Works Cited” page, so that won’t be a worry.

It should be a minimum of 250 words (that’s tiny!), and should be turned in by no later than 11:59 p.m. on April 18.

Attached (up near the top) is a link to the slideshow you will base this on.

Hope you have fun with this!

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