Growth Mindset - 1

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Teachers

Definition: Growth mindset is the belief that your brain can grow through hard work and dedication.

Discussion Points

  • What is a growth mindset?
  • What is a fixed mindset?
  • Why is a growth mindset important?
  • How can a growth mindset help you be successful in life?

Discuss with students what a growth mindset is. Review the discussion point questions.

Possible activities to review the discussion point:

  • The group should form a circle. Ask a question and allow students to toss a bean bag to those who would like to answer the question.
  • Play tic-tac-toe by dividing the group into teams. Write discussion questions on a post-it note and place them on the tic-tac-toe grid. Allow a representative from the team to select a post-it note and as a team develop an answer to the question. If they get it right they may put their teams marker (x or o) on the grid.

Activity 1: Growth Mindset vs. Fixed Mindset

In a large group discuss what it means to grow (develop, change, mature). Develop a list of things that grow. Record answers. (plants, animals, and people) Explain to students that even our brains can grow.

Explain that growth mindset is having the attitude that our most basic abilities can be developed through hard work and dedication. With a growth mindset individuals are always working to develop their skills.

Materials Needed:
  • Chart paper or chalkboard

Activity 2: Grow Your Brain

Play the video Brain Jump with Ned the Neuron: Challenges Grow Your Brain. Discuss video.

Develop a list of challenges that the kids face. (Ex. learning to ride a bike) Record list on the board.

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Activity 3: Challenges

Allow students time to complete student activity sheet A. Seek volunteers to share when finished.

Materials Needed:
  • Student Activity Sheet A - 1 per student
  • Pencil for each student

Lesson Extension: Listening Comprehension

Explain that a script is a form of dialogue writing between characters in a movie, play, or broadcast. Utilizing the immersive reader students should listen carefully as the teacher plays the example scripts below. Replay the script if needed. Allow students time to answer the questions on student activity sheet D.

After students have finished, discuss the listening comprehension questions together.

Materials Needed:
  • Student Activity Sheet B - 1 per student
  • Pencil for each student

Example script demonstrating a growth mindset:
Chris: This math is so hard.
PJ: I know it is.
Chris: It may take us some time but I know if we work hard we can do it.
PJ: I think your right! Let’s keep working.

If time allows students may partner together and role play the script.

Script Writing and Animation

Review and discuss example scripts from lesson extension.

In small groups, have the students create scripts demonstrating patience appropriately and inappropriately. Use the script sheet to create students scripts.

Have students record their scripts using SiLAS software for social skills. Remember to name and save their work. Premiere the movies with the group members at the end of each session.

Materials Needed:
  • Script sheet for each group
  • Pencil for each student

Example script demonstrating a growth mindset:
Chris: This math is so hard.
PJ: I know it is.
Chris: It may take us some time but I know if we work hard we can do it.
PJ: I think your right! Let’s keep working.

Example script demonstrating a fixed mindset:
Chris: This math is so hard.
PJ: I know it is.
Chris: I quit. I can’t do it.
PJ: Me too. It’s too hard

Lesson Review

Allow students to complete the student lesson review sheet

Materials Needed:
  • Student Lesson Review Sheet - 1 per student
  • Pencil for each student

Read Aloud Recommendations: Completing a read aloud with students is a great way for them to see and learn social skills as well as incorporating reading skills. Below are some books that could be used to reinforce the concept. Read and discuss as appropriate for level and as time allows throughout the lesson.

  • Beautiful Oops by Barney Saltzberg
  • Whistle for Willie by Ezra Jack Keats
  • Your Fantastic Elastic Brain by JoAnn Deak, Ph.D.
  • Flight School by Lita Judge
  • The OK Book by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
  • Salt in His Shoes by Deloris Jordan
  • Ish by Peter H. Reynolds
  • The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds
  • The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires
  • Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty
  • Wilma Unlimited by Kathleen Krull
  • The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes by Mark Pett and Gary Rubinstein
  • How to Catch a Star by Oliver Jeffers
  • What Do You Do with a Problem? by Kobi Yamada
  • Nadia, the Girl Who Couldn’t Sit Still by Karlin Gray
  • Thanks for the Feedback, I Think by Julia Cook

Students

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Student Activity Sheet A

Directions: Write about or draw challenges you face.

Student Activity Sheet B

Directions: Draw a comic to match the script you listened to.

Student Lesson Review Sheet

Directions: Check or circle the best answer.

1. My brain cannot grow.

2. My brain is like a muscle.

3. Challenges grow my brain.