What is growth mindset?
Made famous by the work of psychologist Carol Dweck, growth mindset is the theory that feedback and mistakes help us grow, that perseverance and grit is the secret to success, and that hard work will help you achieve. It is also based on the knowledge that the brain can and will grow when we try new things, no matter what our age. While Dweck coined the term growth mindset, these approaches towards success have been around forever.
Dweck herself, in an article published in Scientific America on January 1, 2015, recommends that students learn about this kind of success in order to adopt the growth mindset themselves saying, "One way is by telling stories about achievements that result from hard work."
There are a three different options for this project. Students will first research eight different individuals who have found great success in their fields and who have failed—sometimes epically. These inspirational figures all achieved greatness through their willingness to work hard and to learn from their mistakes.
Students will then complete a jigsaw activity, a mixed media poster, or a group informational essay based on their findings.
Included in this packet are handouts with research questions and instructions for the three different options, two different versions of a chart for students to fill out on the other seven individuals, discussion questions to bring the presentations together, and a rubric to grade the mixed media poster.
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