Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Liberal Studies


Human Development and Family Studies

First Advisor

Rob Weisskirch


In this day and age, many children are guided through school by instructors and leaders which evaluate their capabilities. This guidance can include phrases such as, “you draw so well!” or “you’re really good at ____”. The use of evaluative comments is a dilemma because it could potentially sort children into different ability groups, which could cause children to feel down on themselves when put in such situations.

Early care and education teachers use praise often with young children. However, many teachers may not realize that this praise is evaluative and may make children think their abilities are fixed and cannot be developed with effort. Too address this issue, I plan to provide a training opportunity for the center staff at KinderCare Learning Center at the Monterey Presidio on the topic of growth mindset. This training will include a PowerPoint presentation from the Transforming Education website, which is a free mindset resource with training's for educators and students.