Growth Mindset - Students 2


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Student Activity Sheet A

Directions: Read the descriptions below. If it is characteristic of a growth mindset, circle it in blue. If it is characteristic of a fixed mindset, circle it in red.

Sees challenges as opportunities to grow Threatened by challenges
Acknowledges weaknesses Intimidated by weaknesses
Pessimistic and has unrealistic goals Optimistic and has realistic goals
Not easily influenced by peers Easily influenced by peer pressure
Gives up easily Highly persistent
Sees new tasks as scary Sees new tasks as exciting
Believes mistakes are bad Believes mistakes are a chance to grow

Student Activity Sheet B

Directions: Changing our words can help change our mindset from a fixed mindset to a growth mindset. Complete the chart below.

Instead of saying:

Try saying:

It’s good enough.

I give up

I'm no good at math

I made a mistake

I’ll never be as good as that person

This is too hard.

I’m not good at this.

This plan didn’t work

Student Activity Sheet C

Directions: Think about the script read/played for the class and complete the questions below.

1. Who are the characters in this script?

2. What are Chris and PJ working on?

3. What do Chris and PJ say that demonstrates a growth mindset?

4. What do Chris and PJ say that demonstrates a fixed mindset?

Student Activity Sheet D

Directions: In the scripts below circle the contractions. As a bonus, be ready to share what two words make the contraction.


A contraction is a word made from shortening or combining two words.

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 you're 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

Student Topic Checkout

Directions: Fill in the blank with growth or fixed.

1. A mindset is having the attitude that our most basic abilities can be developed through hard work and dedication.

2. A mindset is thinking you can’t get better at things, even with practice.

3. When you have a mindset you want to quit and give up.

4. With a mindset, people take feedback on their mistakes and try again.