Growth Mindset truly applies to children with disabilities, struggling writers, and children learning English. Special learners may have spent much of their academic and social energy trying to succeed, while being met with many failures and obstacles. This activity can be used with all ranges of disabilities, and allows students with disabilities, or those struggling to learn English, a way to voice their thoughts.
This unit came out of a need in my classroom to encourage children with learning disabilities to write their own simple sentences, and encourage independence. Many of the children had speech and language disabilities that were identified at preschool age, and as they became first graders, literacy was a huge struggle. At the end of the school year, they were identifying more letters, and beginning to show signs of becoming readers. They were dictating stories in writers workshop, and copying words. This seemed to be the next step to empowering them as writers. I created the word banks with growth mindset words and phrases, and students are much more comfortable with the writing process.
Each page can be considered a simple story or poem. The student can select a phrase from the word bank, or use their own words. There are two additional writing templates for each word bank, for students with larger writing or different writing needs. The simple beginning and ending “I have a growth mindset,” is easy to read and adds to the child’s success.
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