Growth Mindset - 3

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Teachers

Definition: A 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?

Review Discussion Points: Provide students with examples for each point.

Possible activities to review the discussion point:

Jigsaw Activity:

  • The teacher will count off students 1-3 or 1-4 depending, on group size and/or specific roles.
  • All the number 1s (continue with other numbered groups; all 2s, 3s, etc.) will come together as a group to collaborate to gather information in their assigned role.
  • Teacher will assign a discussion point to each numbered group (example, number 1s discuss “What is a growth mindset?” etc.)
  • Teacher will set a timer for numbered groups to discuss their topics.
  • Once the timer goes off, students will form groups based on their number. Each group needs a number 1, number 2, number 3, etc.
  • The groups will then share what they have learned.
  • After small group activities, the teacher will lead a whole group lesson using information gathered by groups.

Activity 1: The Science Behind Your Brain

Present the class with the youtube video on growth mindset. As they watch the video, have students take notes on the student activity sheet A. Discuss as a whole class or small group when finished.

  • 1. Through effort and effective strategies you can develop your level of intelligence.
  • 2. People with a fixed mindset believe their intelligence is something occuring at birth and they can’t do much to change it.
  • 3. People with a growth mindset believe their talents, abilities, and intelligence can be developed in different ways.
  • 4. The brain is like a muscle. It changes and grows in response to what we do.
  • 5. The harder we work using helpful strategies, and the more challenges we face, the stronger and smarter the brain becomes.
  • 6. The brain is made up of cells called neurons.
  • 7. As we learn the number of connections between our neurons also grows. These connections help to make us smarter. Scientists call this neuroplasticity.
  • 8. Students with a growth mindset view challenges and mistakes as opportunities to become smarter.
Materials Needed:
  • Youtube video: https://youtu.be/I2ttL1kgZRk
  • Student Activity Sheet A - 1 per student
  • Pencil for each student

Activity 2: Personal Narrative

Explain to students that the power of words can help lead us to a growth mindset. For example, instead of saying, “I made a mistake,” try saying, “What can I learn from this mistake?” Instead of saying, “I give up,” try saying, “I’ll give it another try.” Encourage students to think of a time the power of words helped them to have a growth mindset. Allow time to complete student activity sheet B. Seek volunteers to share.

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

Activity 3: Letter to Younger Student

Allow students time to complete student activity sheet C. Seek volunteers to share.

Materials Needed:
  • Student activity sheet C - 1 per student
  • Pencil for each student

Script Writing and Animation

Script Prompt: Develop a script and create an animation that includes two characters in a setting identifying strengths. The dialogue between the characters must include:

  • A scenario in which a character demonstrates an idea with a “fixed mindset.” characters discuss why it is hard to change his mindset, discuss ways on how to change the mindset from “fixed” to “growth,” use of appropriate ways to end the conversation.
  • Materials Needed:
    • White board/chalk Board or Chart Paper
    • Markers
    • Script sheet for each group
    • Pencil for each student

    Script Writing Practice: Teacher led discussion of script creation. As a whole/small group, write both an appropriate and inappropriate versions of the script. In small groups or individually, have the students independently create scripts identifying character strengths. Use the script sheet to create students scripts.

    Independent Script Recording: Pair students to complete 2 scripts together using the same script prompt detailed above. Direct each student should take turns to have the opportunity to be both character one and character two.

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

    Lesson Extension: Incorporate ELA standards by discussing both spoken and written grammar rules (dialogue punctuation, correct verb tense, sentence structure, parts of a story; character, setting, problem, solution). Consider using both the final animation and written script as an ELA grade/assignment.

    Lesson Review

    Allow students time to complete the student lesson review. Discuss answers when finished.

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

    Students

    Go to only student curriculum

    Student Activity Sheet A

    Directions: Fill in the blanks with a word from the word bank.

    fixed neurons opportunities stronger brian neuroplasticity smarter growth can

    1. Through effort and effective strategies, you develop your level of intelligence.

    2. People with a mindset believe their intelligence is fixed at birth and they can’t do much to change it.

    3. People with a mindset believe their talents, abilities, and intelligence can be developed in different ways.

    4. The is like a muscle. It changes and grows in response to what we do.

    5. The harder we work using helpful strategies, and the more challenges we face, the and the brain becomes.

    6. The brain is made up of cells called .

    7. As we learn the number of connections between our neurons also grows. These connections help to make us smarter. Scientists call this .

    8. Students with a growth mindset view challenges and mistakes as to become smarter.

    Student Activity Sheet B

    Directions: Think of a time when you experienced a growth mindset. Did the power of words help you? Write about it.

    Student Activity Sheet C

    Directions: Write a letter to a younger student explaining growth mindset. Be sure to include the importance of having a growth mindset and how the power of words can help.

    Student Lesson Review Sheet

    Directions: Share how mistakes and challenges help us grow our brains.