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The beginning of the school year is the perfect time to help your students learn all about growth mindsets and fixed mindsets.
But first, let’s learn what are growth and fixed mindsets! A fixed mindset is the belief that intelligence is fixed and doesn’t change with any type of work. People who have a fixed mindset think that when something is difficult for you or is too challenging, it is because you are just not smart. However, a growth mindset is the belief that intelligence can be developed and that people can train their brains to learn new things. If something is difficult or really challenging, it is an opportunity for your brain to grow!
There are various activities designed to help your students brainstorm ways to foster their learning and ultimately learn the tools and strategies to be successful learners. Below are a few of my favorite ways to launch this growth mindset unit!
Reading Growth Mindset Books:
The following books are some great ways to introduce what a growth mindset is and make it relatable for kids (affiliate links below).
Create a Bulletin Board:
I love having a simple place to have students be reminded of the power of positivity and having a growth mindset. I created this area in my room just for that reason! I add anchor charts, posters, and more. The quotes are from Teach Creative Motivate’s shop.
I love the t-chart below to help students learn how to use different words when they are challenged. It gives us an opportunity to look closely into what both mindsets are.
One of my favorite things to do during state testing is handing out these motivational notes to each student. They’re written by their family members and bring them so much joy when they see them on their desks everyday. Simple, but really effective!
I also use these Erin Condren notes throughout the year. I leave them on student’s desks, pencil boxes, or even as a bookmark in the books they’re reading. They get a kick out of finding one in a random place. :)
Once I’ve introduced what a growth mindset is through literature or books, I have my students complete various activities, writing prompts, and graphic organizers together as a whole class or individually. These are great discussion starters for the whole class or you can have students work with a partner to complete the activities.
You can find the resources in my TpT shop by clicking HERE or any of the images above.
I absolutely LOVE this song about the power of yet. It teaches kids that they might not be where’d they’d like to be…YET! It’s so inspiring and sends a great message for kids to believe in themselves.
The first few days of school are great to start teaching your kids about growth mindsets! I hope the ideas in this post have helped you get a better understanding of how to start growth mindset with your class too!