Growth Mindset
What is a "growth mindset?" And how can it benefit you?

Today’s Activities

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Engage

Watch the video Growth Mindset Introduction: What it is, How it Works, and Why it Matters 

  • How can having a growth mindset benefit you?
  • Is having a growth mindset only helpful when it comes to school?

Do a 3-2-1 Exercise based on what you’ve learned so far this week or last week. The 3-2-1 exercise is one of the growth mindset activities for kids. 3-2-1 consists of asking students to consider the following questions at the end of a day or week:

– What are 3 things I’ve learned?
– What are the 2 things I want to learn
– That is 1 question I still have?

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Explore

Carol Dweck is credited with coining the term “growth mindset”  Read an excerpt from her book Mindset:

Excerpt from Mindset  

Then watch Carol Dweck’s TedTalk Developing a Growth Mindset with Carol Dweck.

Consider and discuss with a friend/parent/teacher the different responses to the failure of both the growth mindset and fixed mindset. 

Consider and discuss how changing your vocabulary to include “yet” and “not yet” can change your way of thinking.

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Explain

Create a poster to demonstrate the difference between growth and fixed mindset. See the example below:

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Elaborate

Read and consider the article 15 Ways to Build a Growth Mindset.  

What are some strategies you would put in place to create a growth mindset for yourself?

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Extend

There are studies that show the brain has a physiological change when you change your way of thinking.  Watch the video: Neuroplasticity.  Use the information you learned in this video and apply it to how Dustin from Smarter Everyday demonstrates neuroplasticity when riding the backward brain bike. 

The Backwards Brain Bicycle – Smarter Every Day 133

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