Neuroplasticity and Mindset

How does brain research support a growth mindset?

Learning Targets

  1. I can make connections between neuroplasticity and growth mindset

Activity 1

Click on the link below and complete the zaption activity. It is a short video on the basics of neuroplasticity. Please be sure to complete several questions that are embedded in the video. (PS - this is a free tool that is great to check for understanding)

Activity 2

Watch the first 5 minutes of the video below.


  1. Think about the number of failures this engineer had to endure before riding the unrideable bicycle and how failures eventually lead to new paths in the brain.
  2. Think about the difference between the engineer and his son. What does it indicate about children's brains?

The Backwards Brain Bicycle - Smarter Every Day 133

Activity 3

Review the growth vs. fixed mindset picture.


  1. Discuss connections between a growth/fixed mindset and neuroplasticity with your team.
  2. Do you think having an understanding of neuroplasticity can have an affect on mindset? Share opinions with your team.
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Final Activity

Tweet your ideas to #blendedNP or jot them down. Be ready to share with our large group.


When you are done, go back to http://bit.ly/MindsetNP