Inspired by the research of Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck PhD, New Math Teacher's curriculum specialists have compiled a music mix in line with a growth mindset way of thinking.

Dr. Dweck's research suggests that the mindset that you adopt greatly affects how you live your life. The two main mindsets that she discusses are the fixed mindset and the growth mindset.

The fixed mindset way of thinking states that intelligence is static. A person with this mindset may need to appear smart and because of this may avoid challenges and ignore constructive criticism.

On the other hand, the growth mindset way of thinking states that intelligence can be developed. A person with this mindset loves to learn and grow. That person tends to embrace challenge, persist in spite of setbacks, and learn from criticism.

This research has great implications for students in STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) fields. Viewing the world through a growth mindset motivates students to continue to learn and grow in the face of adversity. Somewhere during the middle school years, many students tune out to math because it is challenging. They are used to instant success and worry that they may not succeed right away. Maybe learning about the growth mindset will keep them tuned into math and all the exciting challenges it presents.

Play a Mindset Music Mix for your students while you explain the different mindsets to them. Music can be a powerful motivator, just like the growth mindset.

  • Try Everything by Shakira
  • Happy by Pharell Williams
  • Shake It Off by Taylor Swift
  • Firework by Katy Perry
  • Fight Song by Rachel Platten
  • Roar by Katy Perry
  • Survivor by Destiny's Child
  • Fighter by Christina Aguilera
  • Till I Collapse by Eminem (Clean Version)
  • Greatest Moment by Villabillies (Clean Version)
  • Tagged in : Math, STEM, Education, Motivation

    New Math Teacher boasts an enthusiastic team of passionate lifelong learners who love to grow that passion in others as well. Our curriculum specialists love to post creative and engaging ideas about math education and learning. We welcome helpful feedback and constructive criticism.