Growth Mindset is a term widely popularized by Stanford Mathematics Professor and Education Consultant Jo Boaler and Education Researcher Carol Dweck. The distinction between a “fixed mindset” and a “growth mindset” is dependent on a person’s thinking of their brain as either static (unchanging) or dynamic (changing). Research shows that our brains create new neural pathways with hard work and perseverance. This information is something that can provide our students with motivation and willingness to work hard.
This is the first volume in a series on Growth Mindset, for lower grades (K-2nd or 3rd). Within Vol. 1, there are lessons to introduce and build a classroom culture focused on Growth Mindset. While the unit is intended to be delivered sequentially, of course you can pick and choose or modify. As the teacher, you know your classroom best!
Inside this unit, you will find the following:
Guide for Use
Teacher Background Knowledge page
Student Survey with results
"What's in Your Brain?" page
"Growing Your Brain" page
"Who Do You Admire?" page
Relating mistakes and success pages
"Mistake-ful" Art Project
- Students turn a mistake into a work of art
Pages of "mistakes" for art project
Check out the preview to get an idea of the level of verbiage used. If you're looking for a more advanced level, check out the my "Upper Grade Series", which matches this content but for grades 3rd-6th:
Growth Mindset - Getting Started: Volume 1 UPPER GRADE SERIES
I'm working on Volume 2 for both grade levels and will be posting soon! Volume 2 will dive into perseverance and working past that "dip" when something is hard.
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