Second Grade Nest: Teaching Kids About Growth Mindset

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Teaching Kids About Growth Mindset


There is a lot of talk about growth mindset in the last few years. It's a great practice to use as an adult, but also great to teach our students as well. This blog post will outline some general information about what growth mindset is and some detailed ideas on how to make it work in your classroom. 



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 1. What is Growth Mindset?
A growth mindset is a theory or an idea that our brains are not fixed at a certain intelligence level. We can continue to expand our mind and intelligence by pushing ourselves to do new things, try hard things, and redoing something until it's successful. A fixed mindset is that either you can do it or you can't. For example, either you can paint well or you can't. There is no in between. A fixed mindset may be the idea that when something is difficult, we need to walk away from it because it is simply too hard. That's the thought that our intelligence and our mind cannot complete the difficult task at hand. But as studies show and most of us have realized throughout our lives, we can continue to grow our intelligence and our mind. Growth mindsets are used in the workplace, in schools, and in every day life.



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2. How Growth Mindset Relates to Teaching
We can use growth mindsets in our classroom every single day. Since growth mindset is simply the ability to accept that our intelligence can keep growing, this is perfect for the school setting. Teachers can teach students to adopt a growth mindset when learning new things. Many students may shut down when it comes to difficult material, but practicing that growth mindset will help with their confidence. Students may not immediately open up to this mindset, it will take time. If they have a fixed mindset, when they see an assigment, they will accept they can't do it. Or when it comes to the special area class, if they have accepted that they aren't good at art, they attend that class thinking they won't be successful. A growth midnset will help them adopt the thoughts that with effort, they can achieve beautiful artwork in art class.


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3. The Benefits of Growth Mindset 
The benefits of having a growth mindset is that you will be able to achieve more. Your successes will be easier to accomplish with a growth mindset. It will give you the willpower to continue pushing yourself. The benefit to teaching students a growth mindset early on in life is that it will help them as adults. It will teach them to see failure as an invitation to keep trying until successful.


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4. How Teachers Can Promote It
  • Teach the science behind it.
  • Practice constantly.
  • Give tons of scenarios.
  • Be a daily model.
  • LOTS of praise for specific actions.

Growth Mindset lessons and activities- teaching kids about growth mindsets- blog post with free activities and ideas
5. Ideas and Resources for Growth Mindset
I have collected online resources, mentor texts, free activities, and more to give you ideas on lessons and activities to start teaching growth mindset in your classroom tomorrow! Keep reading below to  see all my fun and free ideas!

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-TECHNOLOGY TIE-IN
(Source: Class Dojo YouTube Channel)
This adorable video is a great introduction to a growth mindset. If you use ClassDojo in your classroom already, then this video is even better! YouTube has many other kid friendly videos for growth mindset lessons!


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-WEEKLY GROWTH MINDSET REFLECTION ANCHOR CHART
Laminate an anchor chart and hang it near calendar or somewhere where you students can see it and have access to it. Ideally, this weekly growth mindset anchor chart will  trigger your students to always be thinking about how they can use their growth mindset. Once a week or throughout the week, students will reflect on how they used a growth mindset, grab a Post-it note, and stick it to the anchor chart.

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-FOLDABLE SCENARIOS OR WEEKLY REFLECTIONS
This free and easy foldable can be used in two different ways. One of the ways is to use it as a weekly tracker. The students will have to reflect on their past week and think of a time where they used a growth mindset. They'll write their situation in the first box, a fixed mindset thought for that situation, and their growth mindset. OR you can use it when teaching growth mindset and each student can come up with a different scenario and present their growth and fixed mindsets to the class.


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-GREAT MENTOR TEXTS
Mentor texts and read alouds are always an incredible tool when teaching any topic. These six books that I've read and checked out are fantastic for teaching your students about the growth mindset. Below you will find the six affiliate links to Amazon for these books to add to your library collection.
(Link: Your Fantastic Elastic Brain)
(Link: The Most Magnificent Thing)
(Link: What Do You Do with a Problem?)
(Link: Beautiful Oops)
(Link: Making a Splash)
(Link: Everyone Can Learn to Ride a Bike)

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-GROWTH MINDSET FLIP BOOK
My flip books are some of my favorite activities to kiddos. They include a reading text. The reading text under the 'Let's Read' tab includes kid-friendly information about fixed mindsets and growth mindsets. The 'Let's Think' tab has three scenarios where the students have to brainstorm how each student can change their mindset. The 'Let's Sort' tab has a cut and glue activity that distinguishes quotes said by students that are either fixed mindset or growth mindset thoughts. And finally, the 'Let's Write' page has a space for illustrating a school scenario, plus a writing block for them to write what they've learned about growth mindsets. Read below about how to grab this special offer freebie!

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1 comment:

  1. I love your post! Absolutely amazing information & resources. Thank you for sharing. I am starting my Weekly Growth Mindset Tracker anchor chart today.

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