#projectgrowthmindset

Changing Student Thinking & Learning

What Is Growth Mindset?

Growth mindset is the opposite of fixed mindset! When students (and adults) have what is now coined as the phrase growth mindset they have trained their brain to think more positively about themselves. Students with a growth mindset have a belief that they can learn anything- that they are not born "smart" but that they have the ability to work hard to develop an understanding of any skill.

Growth Mindset as PBL

Driving Question:

How do successful people reach their greatest potential?

Sequence of the unit:

Launch... Project Introduction: Kid President Video Quote Activity- Students viewed Kid President video and recorded quotes said by Kid President that they felt were the most important to remember.


Phase 1: What makes people successful? Who do you know (personally or through the media) who you would consider to be successful? What traits do these people encompass?

***Famous Missourian project introduction (Social Studies and Informational Writing unit integration)


Phase 2: Inside the classroom- How can we, as students, change our thinking? How will changing our thinking help us to reach our greatest potential as learners?

Mini Projects: "instead of saying this... Try saying this...." bulletin board and school wide posters

***What can we learn from the Famous Missourians we are researching in terms of achieving success?


Phase 3: Outside the classroom- How can we set an example in our school and in our community to encourage people to reach their greatest potential?

Mini Projects: Positive thinking quote posters hung from hallway ceilings throughout building, Stair cases to success for each staircase in our building

***Famous Missourian share fair and blog publishing


Phase 4: Parent Education- Students presented the timelines of our project at our Parent Involvement night as well as provided resources for parents to encourage a growth mindset in their homes

Mini Projects: Student presentations, water bottles were distribued to all students in attendence with our #projectgrowthmindset quote, "What are you doing today to make the world awesome? Nothing if you're just sitting there."- Kid President, #projectgrowthmindset section added to grade level newsletter


Phase 5: Next step- collaboration with Middle School Leadership students once a month to encourage growth mindset.


Landing: Student presentation at school-wide PBS assembly in the spring!

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