We all have specific beliefs about our own potential and abilities. These make up our mindset, which helps us assess our previous experiences and shapes our future behavior.
A growth mindset focuses on the belief that individuals can improve over time by acquiring new knowledge or changing behavioral patterns.
On the other hand, a fixed mindset sees mistakes as failures. Instead of growing and embracing opportunities, it prevents people from moving forward so that they shrink away in fear to avoid adversity.
Today we’re going to look at how to teach students how to develop a growth mindset. This will take time so it should be taught frequently instead of in just one or two sessions.
#1. Problem-Based Learning
Based on the topic that you’re studying, give students a specific problem to solve. Have children brainstorm solutions on their own first, then have them share their ideas in a group of 3-4 students.
This teaches students to initially think for themselves and then to work together to share their ideas and solve a problem.
#2. Journaling With Yet
Have your students divide their page into two columns. Column one can be titled Fixed Mindset and column two can be titled Growth Mindset.
Under Fixed Mindset, have students write down everything they feel they can’t do. For example:
- I can’t sing
- I can’t do algebra
- I can’t write a persuasive essay.
Under Growth Mindset, have them re-write the same sentences but they must write down the word “yet” at the end of them to show that they may not be able to do it now but they’ll take time to learn and will gradually develop these skills.
This activity jives nicely with the following one.
#3. Goals-Focused Learning
Have students write down their goals in a journal with specific ways to accomplish and track them. Teach them how to develop their skills and potential people to ask for help when they hit a roadblock.
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#4. Helpful Resources
Brainstorm different people who inspire your students. Either read about them as a whole class or put your students into groups of 3-4 and have them read about their role models with each other. Then have them figure out how they overcame adversities. Once they’ve written about it, they can share it with their group and add to their list.
Since they’ll have learned about at least 3-4 different role models and how they overcame difficult situations, their minds will be full of possibilities.
Upon completion of this activity, have your students re-visit their Goals-Focused Learning activity in step #3 to figure out what they can do to help themselves when they come across difficult times or nay-sayers.
Let’s recap really quickly. Today, we looked at the following:
- The differences between having a growth mindset and fixed mindset.
- Four ways to teach students about it and how to develop a growth mindset: problem-based learning, journaling with yet, goals-focused learning, role model growth.
4 ways to teach students how to develop a growth mindset: problem-based learning, journaling with yet, goals-focused learning, role model growth.
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