The Ministry of Education for the region I teach in introduced “Core Competencies” as learning outcomes for students in addition to traditional content and skills. The “Core Competencies” to be addressed included Personal and Cultural Identity, Critical and Creative Thinking, and Social Responsibility. To meet the requirements of “Core Competencies” I decided to implement the Growth Mindset concept. I created a large bulletin board in my classroom which is divided into statements associated with a fixed mindset with a corresponding statement which is indicative of a growth mindset.
To introduce the students to the concept I started with a simple logic puzzle and as they completed the activity with a partner I walked around with my clip board and recorded pieces of different conversations. When debriefing the activity, I referred to the pieces of conversation I overheard and we reflected on whether the statements demonstrated a fixed or growth mindset.
I have been teaching 25 years and I am amazed in the difference in my middle school students’ effort and conversations since implementing this concept. Every day I walk to the bulletin board in my room as I help students to change the way they are thinking and speaking.
This package includes 24 bulletin board statements in total, 12 for fixed mindset with corresponding growth mindset responses. It also includes the introductory activity I did with my students.
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