Class Meetings 4/30/19 - 5/3/19

Growth Mindset & Caring

Tuesday: April 30th


Have students watch the video clip below. Explain that caring can look different and can be shown in many different ways.

Discussion Questions:

1.What's a way that someone at home has shown you they care?

2. What's a way that someone at school has shown you that they care?

3. What is one way that you can show someone this week that you care?

Wednesday: May 1st

Caring Connection to Growth Mindset

Explain to students that we often think of caring as being related to people.

How can we show that we care about a cause?

What are some causes that you care about? (You will have to guide your younger students and provide examples.)

How does caring connect to growth mindset?

How does someone who is really caring towards a cause have to show growth mindset?

Thursday: May 2nd

Growth Mindset Statements

Talk to your students about how some statements show a fixed-mindset, and some show a growth mindset.

Fixed Mindset Statements:

This is just how much I know, and I can't change that.

I'll never be as good as them.

This is too hard.

Growth Mindset:

I'm still learning.

It takes time.

I will get this with practice and patience.

Have your students brainstorm growth mindset statements.

Friday: May 3rd

Team Building: Below are some suggestions

1. Guess-who paper balls: I have students write three clues about themselves on a piece of notebook paper and then toss into our bucket. Students randomly choose a paper ball from the bucket, read the clues aloud, and then try to guess who wrote the clues using what they know about their classmates. If students can't guess who their paper ball belongs to, they can ask a friend for help. We learned some REALLY COOL facts about each other and can't wait to keep learning more as the year progresses!

2. Connected web: One of my favorite continuing get-to-know you activities is the connected web. Using a ball of yarn or string, have students stand in a circle. The first person tells something unique about themselves. Everyone who has that in common then raises their hand and one-by-one the yarn ball is tossed to them (web begins to form). This continues until everyone in the class has shared and connected. You’ll end up with quite a web, and this demonstrates that students have more in common than they might have thought and that you can ALWAYS learn MORE about your classmates!

Ana Travis

School Counselor

Sonntag Elementary