The value of Depth

A core aspect of a growth mindset is accepting that subject matter expertise is developed through engagement with a topic. In a test-driven system, teachers complain that there is no time for any kind of deeper learning. We need to find ways around this, to invest the time to allow exploration and discovery, particularly in grades where there is not a high-stakes exit exam.

  • Project-based learning (PBL) allows students to collaborate and share thoughts with each other while completing the assigned tasks.
  • Encouraging students to ask questions of a peer presenter challenges the student to develop real, deeper understanding in preparation (as opposed to cut & paste superficial understanding).

“As you encourage students to elaborate on their thoughts and responses, they should improve understanding of subject matter and clearly see the value of effort and critical thinking.”


Prodigy Game. “10 Ways Teachers Can Instill a Growth Mindset in Students.” Prodigy Education,

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