Have you studied the Mindset work of Carol Dweck? Through years of research she has identified two types of mindsets which she calls; growth and fixed.
When students believe that dedication and hard work can change their performance in school, they grow to become resilient, successful students. Even at such a young age, it is essential for us to teach our students that their intelligence can be grown or developed with persistence, effort, and a focus on learning.
If you are just hearing about Growth Mindset or beginning your journey to learn more, I would encourage you to take a few minutes to listen to a brief video of Dweck sharing her research.
Friends this is huge, her work articulates what I have always believed! For 20 years I have believed in my students. Every.Single.One. I couldn't be happier that so many schools are now empowering students with this research to foster a growth mindset with our students. :)
This year I have been even more intentional in my teaching from the first day of school. I have created and found some engaging resources to help instill a growth mindset in my students. Grab a drink, read on for ideas, and grab a few FREE resources for your class. :)
I put together a list of book and video resources to keep at my fingertips that are perfect to share with my students.
There are sooooo many great read alouds that are perfect to facilitate discussions of perseverance, growth vs fixed mindset, and problem solving. Here are some of my favorites:
The video topics include:
Your Brain is like a Muscle
The Magic of Mistakes
The Incredible Power of Yet
The Mysterious World of Neurons
Mojo Puts it All Together
You can link to the 5 episodes and discussion guides from here.
Another good video Brain Jump with Ned the Neuron: Challenges Grow Your Brain is a short video that introduces kids to the powerful idea that taking on challenges can grow and strengthen our brains, and that we have the power to make our brains stronger every day.
I just knew we needed a visual reminder to "grow our brain" so I made this poster, you can grab this FREEBIE at the end of the post!
#truestory During a reading assessment I noticed one of my sweet boys was reading a book at a frustration level, I asked him if he wanted to discontinue the assessment and read a better fit book, he instantly replied, "No I am going to grow my brain Mrs. Winter!"
Now that my kids have a basic understanding what growth mindset is we have set goals for our self and hung them in the hallway.
Soon we will check in on our goals and see what action steps are needed to make our goals attainable. My students will need to be reminded how their effort and belief in themselves will make them success in meeting any goals they set. Here is a sample of what I have planned, I know they will love it!
I know in order for my students to understand that their intelligence is not limited and believe in themselves I must create an environment where students are reminded daily. I created these bookmarks to keep at school and send home. Be sure to grab these color and black and white bookmarks for your kids at the end of this post!
If you are interested in seeing more of my Growth Mindset Resources book and video links you can check them out by clicking the picture below.
If you'd like to grab the FREEBIES, from the post, click the picture to download!
I hope these resources offer a way to help foster a Growth Mindset culture in your classroom with your students. I'd love to hear in the comments any other resources you have found to help your students be successful in achieving their goals!