Cultivate the growth mindset in your classroom with this creative back-to-school activity that teaches students that learning new concepts require perseverance through failures with success at the end. Students must fail to succeed and every failure should be looked upon as a learning experience.
This lesson contains a PowerPoint presentation with notes explaining how to teach each slide, empowering videos, and activities for the students throughout. Students will follow along with the PowerPoint by completing a worksheet that makes them reflect on their life experiences to make the growth mindset relevant. At the conclusion of this lesson, students will connect everything they have learned about the Growth Mindset and participate in a fun juggling activity.
***21 slide PowerPoint Presentation with notes on each slide on how to teach
***Links to helpful websites & articles with more information to teach lesson
***Hyperlinks to empowering videos from YouTube
***Student Worksheet (2 pages) that goes with the activities in the PowerPoint
Presentation (both in Microsoft Word & pdf Formats)
***Student Worksheet Answer Key- suggested responses for each activity (both in Microsoft Word & pdf Formats)
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This lesson was created for a middle school math classroom, but can be taught in any subject area with a few minor changes. It can also be taught in any grade level because of the rigor of the activities.
Allow about 90 minutes for this lesson. I usually teach the PowerPoint the first day and do the juggling activity on the second day. That way, the students have plenty of time to learn to juggle and then complete the closing activity.
I have been teaching this lesson on the second day of school for 3 years now. Get your phones ready to take pictures and videos of the juggling activity to post on your website. Parents and students both love this activity!
Teaching the growth mindset at the beginning of the year makes students feel that making mistakes is a learning experience. I tell the students that failure is part of success and I refer them back to this lesson when they become frustrated with math concepts. They really love learning about the famous people who have failed, but used perseverance to succeed!