What Type Of A Thinker Are You?

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What Type Of A Thinker Are You?

Find out if your current approaches to learning reflect a dynamic or a fixed thinking viewpoint. Information used for creating the questions is taken directly from Opening Minds by Johnston, P. (2012) Portland, ME: Stenhouse Publishers. (K-5) It will probably be easy to tell which answer would be "best" but try to answer truthfully based on your subconcious or concious attitudes and feelings.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Which statement reflects your subconcious thoughts about learning?
    • A. 

      Learning happens quickly for smart people. If you have to try hard, you probably aren't smart.

    • B. 

      Learning takes time and effort, so trying hard is valued.

  • 2. 
    When evaluating someone's work which statement applies to your subconcious thoughts most often?
    • A. 

      The most important information is how someone did (or could do) something because that is what we can learn from.

    • B. 

      The most important information is whether one is successful. How one succeeds is irrelevant.

  • 3. 
    When you take a class or attend a professional development event, which statement reflects your attitude most?
    • A. 

      The goal is to learn as much as you can.

    • B. 

      The goal is to look as smart as you can.

  • 4. 
    How do you feel when you achieve frequent success without trying hard?
    • A. 

      It indicates my abilities are high in this area.

    • B. 

      It indicates that I am choosing activities that are too easy to learn from.

  • 5. 
    How do you feel when you encounter problems, challenges and errors in your own work?
    • A. 

      They are indicators of my intellectual ability.

    • B. 

      They are an indicator that I've taken on a challenge and are to be expected and valued as learning opportunities.

  • 6. 
    How do you feel about asking for help?
    • A. 

      Seeking help is sensible after exhausting one's own resources.

    • B. 

      Seeking help is evidence of one's intellectual inadequacy.

  • 7. 
    How do you feel when you have become more competent in an area you may have struggled with in the past?
    • A. 

      I may feel smarter or better than others, potentially having power over others in this area.

    • B. 

      I feel ready to take on new challenges and have greater opportunity to help others.

  • 8. 
    How do you feel about taking on challenging or novel activities?
    • A. 

      It's risky and stressful.

    • B. 

      It's engaging.

  • 9. 
    What makes you feel smart?
    • A. 

      Doing something better or faster than others.

    • B. 

      Taking on challenges or teaching others.

  • 10. 
    What do you think of a child in your class at the beginning of the year who misbehaves or does poorly in his work?
    • A. 

      He will probably be much the same in a few weeks.

    • B. 

      He will probably be better in a few weeks.

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