Human beings are born to be learners and doers. Scientific research explains how meeting people’s basic psychological needs to feel competent and connected to others can sustain their natural desire to learn and improve students’ academic mastery.

When students want to do a task, feel supported to succeed at the task, and feel part of a collective learning endeavor, they are more likely to choose challenging tasks, persist in the face of difficulty, learn more deeply, and achieve at higher levels. But how can educators create school environments that support these beliefs?

A new 2-minute animated video created in partnership with the Raikes Foundation shares how schools and educators can use practices grounded in mindset science that cultivate students’ sense of growth, belonging, and purpose.

As schools, teachers, and students settle into the new school year, we hope the video will provide inspiration in creating supportive learning environments that will benefit all students throughout the year.

To find out more about what research says about learning mindsets, visit our growth mindset, belonging, and purpose pages.

Check out these resources and examples of educators creating supportive learning environments below:

Creating a culture of growth
Highlighting mistakes: A grading strategy
This video from the Teaching Channel shares a strategy that allows students to recognize their mistakes and track their improvement.
The best posts, articles & videos about learning from mistakes & failures
Master educator Larry Ferlazzo shares his favorite resources on how to shift the role of mistakes and failure in classroom practice.
Delaying the grade: How to get students to read feedback
From Cult of Pedagogy, how providing students with meaningful feedback before a grade can lead to higher quality work and learning.
Grappling with new concepts during a Common Core workshop
In this video from EL Education, a group of fifth grade students focuses on conceptual understanding and the process of working through unfamiliar mathematics content, not just searching for a correct answer.
Mindset Kit
The PERTS Mindset Kit is a free set of online lessons and practices designed to help foster adaptive beliefs about learning. Kits are available for teachers, parents, and mentors.
YouCubed.org provides free instructional materials and guidance to educators and parents informed by mindset science. The YouCubed approach to mathematics instruction promotes deep engagement and conceptual understanding.

Fostering a sense of belonging
Facing History and Ourselves: Teacher resources
This curated resource list contains teaching strategies and lesson plans to engage students in learning about topics including civic engagement and race in U.S. history.
Caring classroom practices
These practices from Sevenzo support teachers’ development of learning environments that show all students they are cared for and belong.
Four ways teachers can support students of color
This article from Cult of Pedagogy shares actionable strategies that show students of color that they belong, from using community resources in curriculum to engaging students’ families.
Mindset Kit for belonging
In this course created by PERTS, teachers can learn about belonging, why it’s important, and strategies that promote a sense of belonging in the classroom.

Promoting relevance and a sense of purpose
Policing in America: Using Powerful Topics and Tasks to Challenge, Engage, and Empower Students
In this video from EL Education, high school students read complex texts about policing in America, including The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander and the Department of Justice’s investigation of the Ferguson Police Department.
Dan Meyer’s starter pack
These math resources focused on real-world math and getting students to do “real work.”
Seven ways to help high school students find their purpose
This article from Greater Good provides strategies for supporting the development of students’ sense of purpose.

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