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“How does the term ‘mindset skills’ relate to ‘growth mindset’, the term commonly used in schools?  

This is one of the questions that educator, reading tutor and online tutoring expert, Joanne Kaminski, explored with life coaching for kids expert, Renaye Thornborrow. The two met to discuss how to help educators, teachers and tutors achieve better results with students, using mindset skills – including growth mindset. 

This article shares content and a short video from that discussion. Watch the conversation in the 5-minute video above

What is “growth mindset”?

Before we get to the discussion, what is “growth mindset”? 

Over 30 years ago, Dr. Carol Dweck and her colleagues became interested in students’ attitudes about failure. They noticed that some students rebounded while other students seemed devastated by even the smallest setbacks. After studying the behavior of thousands of children, Dr. Dweck coined the terms fixed mindset and growth mindset to describe the underlying beliefs people have about learning and intelligence.

When students believe they can get smarter, they understand that effort makes them stronger. Therefore they put in extra time and effort, and that leads to higher achievement.”* 

“Growth mindset” and mindset skills

Renaye explains that “growth mindset” and “mindset skills” are within the same body of work (Life Coaching for Kids helps children develop mindset skills/growth mindset skills to soar in life).

Mindset development focuses on how we think. It includes learning how to use the power of our thoughts to shape our experiences of ourselves and our world. Choosing supporting thoughts or beliefs supports us in our growth.

The personal development industry uses the terms “mindset” and “beliefs” (“supporting beliefs” vs. “limiting beliefs”). This is the same as “growth mindset” vs. “fixed mindset”.  

“Mindset skills are all about … using the power of your thoughts and the power of your mind, and understanding the brain science behind it, to create self-confidence, and self-esteem, and achievement, and even resilience. All of it is how you think!” says Renaye.

Watch this part of the discussion in the 5-minute video above. 

Renaye’s own childhood experience of growth mindset

During the interview, Renaye shared her personal experience as a 2nd grader who didn’t think she was the “smart twin”. It wasn’t until she actually tried studying for a spelling test and got an “A” that she realized she could be smart too.

Her experience is a classic example of overcoming a limiting belief and developing a growth mindset.

Watch Renaye’s personal experience with growth mindset at the 26:40 mark in the interview video below:  



Watch educator, Tara, share why she became a life coach for kids to teach growth mindset and social-emotional development




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How you can help kids develop mindset skills and generate extra income for you – as a life coach for kids 

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Many WISDOM Coaches are educators who use their mindset development and coaching skills on the job and as a supplemental business outside of school hours.

Certification can be done in your own home, on your own time, at your own pace.

How to get started…   

Experience the curriculum by requesting the free Self-talk story, “Choosing Your BFF (Best Friend Forever)” and skill book here. 

Teach Kids Self-talk Coaching Story



Other videos from the Joanne and Renaye interview:

*Source:  Mindsetworks https://www.mindsetworks.com/science/ 

About Renaye Thornborrow

Renaye is leading a worldwide movement to empower children through life coaching and mindset skills training. Renaye is the author of The Adventures in Wisdom Life Coaching Program for Kids Curriculum™ and the founder of Adventures in Wisdom.  Since 2013, her company has certified WISDOM Coaches in over 30 countries, helping these coaches transform the lives of children and families while supporting them to create a business they love as a life coach for kids. Renaye is a personal development expert, a member of the International Coaching Federation and former three-year board member of the Association of Coach Training Organizations. Learn more here.

About Joanne Kaminski

Joanne spent three years as a classroom teacher and was quickly promoted to the Reading Curriculum Coordinator. As the Coordinator, she was in charge of all the reading interventions in the school and coached the teachers in reading strategies that would help bring their students to the next level. She went back to school to achieve a Masters as a Reading Specialist and started an online reading tutoring business where she worked with students from around the world. Joanne now teaches others how to start a successful,  independent online tutoring business. Learn more here.

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