One Book That has Transformed My Being a Teacher

Having grown up in a small village of Assam, a state in the Northeast India, I discovered about India quite later in life. Most sweet childhood memories are nestled in the village and in Gelephu, a bordering Bhutanese town in South-eastern Bhutan.

Be it watching movies or eating aerated drinks, many of my first experiences were in Bhutan.

These quotes, “Try Try Try Again, Try Until you succeed!” resonate much to the schooling days when we practised Mathematics problems until we arrived at a correct solution. Sweating during a game of football and persistently doing the best move possible until we shoot a perfect goal are efforts that are priceless and worthwhile.

Today as I reflect back on my being an educator, I see a pattern which now converges to an idea of the growth mindset, a revolutionary idea that was popularised by Stanford Professor and renowned psychologist Carol Dweck.

“Dweck explains why it’s not just our abilities and talent that bring us success but whether we approach them with a fixed or growth mindset. She makes clear why praising intelligence and ability doesn’t foster self-esteem and lead to accomplishment, but may actually jeopardise success.

With the right mindset, we can motivate our kids and help them to raise their grades, as well as reach our own goals personal and professional.

Dweck reveals what all great parents, teachers, CEOs, and athletes already know: how a simple idea about the brain can create a love of learning and a resilience that is the basis of great accomplishment in every area.”


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