Developing a growth mindset with Harry Potter

Naoko Harada

This paper focuses on the problem of learning anxiety in the EFL classroom and introduces the framework of the growth mindset as presented by Dweck (2006) as an option to overcome learning anxiety. The growth mindset is based on the belief that your basic qualities are things you can cultivate through your efforts; in contrast to a fixed mindset. Through the framework of the growth mindset, the activity of reading an episode on luck in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and viewing it in the movie in class will be introduced. The high school students reflected on their own learning from this episode and tried to connect it with their own efforts.