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Growth Mindset Quotes – Free Posters to Download

I’m excited to share some growth mindset quotes with you today. I hope you’re not getting tired of these posts of posters I made because I’m nowhere near done with them.  I may have overdone it a little this summer when it came to creating new room decorations…  But, I spend 8+ hours a day in my classroom, so I think it’s time well-spent.  Plus, once school starts, all of my time will be spent on lesson planning and foldable making.

Awhile back, we had an informal discussion on interactive notebooks at the Global Math Department.  Elizabeth shared how she incorporates the growth mindset into her interactive notebooks.  Every week, she posts a new growth mindset quote on the board.  She doesn’t call them this; to her students, it is just a quote of the week.  But, the quotes are specifically chosen to evoke a growth mindset instead of a fixed mindset.  

Since reading Carol Dweck’s Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, this distinction makes a lot more sense to me.  

An individual with a fixed mindset sees failure as defining.  Therefore, they will often avoid challenging situations to avoid appearing (and thus being) a failure.  Someone with a growth mindset sees failing at something as a step on their journey towards mastering something new.  Challenges are seen as fun and exciting.  Elizabeth said that she has students record these on the inside cover of their notebooks for a few extra points on their homework grade.  You can read more about how she handles this in the classroom here.  She even shares a list of quotes she uses!    

I want to take this idea and adapt it for my own classroom.  Since reading Mindset this summer, I want to start out the school year talking about the different types of mindsets with my students.    I want us to take a quiz and determine out mindsets.  Then, I want to create a classroom culture where we (very kindly and politely) call out others for saying something from a fixed mindset.  I know that I don’t always approach life with a growth mindset, so I want my students to be watching me, too.  And, I’ll be watching them.  And, they’ll be watching each other.  We will (hopefully) pause and talk about about how we could reword the statement to reflect a growth mindset.

Will it help?  I have no clue.  But, I’m pretty sure it can’t hurt.

Last year, I posted a quote every week on my dry erase board.  I printed and laminated these quotes at the beginning of the year, so all I had to do was switch out the quote on Mondays.  You can see some of the posters I have created for this before here and here.  I want to take this a step further this year and have my students start recording these quotes in their notebooks.  I’m picturing some sort of booklet foldable at the front of their interactive notebooks with lots and lots of rectangular sections.  In each section, students will record a quote AND illustrate it somehow.  This will be graded when I grade notebooks each unit.  Once I figure out exactly how I want the foldable to look, I’ll be sure to post it here!

Anywho, I say all this to introduce my latest poster creations.  As I’ve been reading through books this summer, I’ve been copying down growth mindset quotes that I found thought-provoking and inspirational.  I recently typed these quotes with lots of fun fonts, and I’m sharing them below.  I’m looking forward to including some of these in the growth mindset quote of the week program I talked about above.  

Growth Mindset Quotes

The person who does the work is the only one who learns. (Harry Wong)

All battles are won before they are fought. (Sun Tzu)

It is not what is but what is perceived that counts. (Harry Wong)

The only limitations are those you place on yourself and those you allow other people to place on you. (Jean Driscoll)

Life is not a destination. Life is a journey. As long as you continue the journey, you will always be a success. (Albert Camus)

Success is the maximum utilization of the ability that you have. (Zig Ziglar)

In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity. (Albert Einstein)

No legacy is so rich as honesty. (William Shakespeare)

I do the very best I know how, the very best I can, and I mean to keep on doing so until the end. (Abraham Lincoln)

All our dreams can come true – if we have the courage to pursue them. (Walt Disney)

Whether you think you can or think you can’t – you are right. (Henry Ford)

The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitude of mind. (William James)

There is but one correlation with success, and that is attitude. (Harry Wong)

Successful people make themselves do the things that unsuccessful people will not do. (Harry Wong)

Want more posters? Check out my posters page!

Anna K.

Saturday 16th of October 2021

I love your ideas for encouraging growth mindset and the collection of quotes you compiled here! I am always trying to think of ways to encourage a mastery approach and promote a positive environment in the math classroom, and your ideas have definitely inspired me. Thank you!


Friday 11th of July 2014

Sarah, I love your quotes and your posters! I especially appreciate how your quotes reflect your own math classroom values. Thank you for sharing these!

- Elizabeth (@cheesemonkeysf)

Sarah Carter (@mathequalslove)

Friday 11th of July 2014

Thanks Elizabeth!

Nancy in Indiana

Thursday 10th of July 2014

Another quote from Henry Ford that I really like is "Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently."

Sarah Carter (@mathequalslove)

Friday 11th of July 2014

Love that quote!