The Growth Mindset
Digging deeper into a popular idea
Find a partner that teaches a different grade level & discuss these 3 questions
Each person will be given 1 minute, therefore 2 minutes per question.
1. How do you think your growth or fixed mindset affected you as a student?
2. How are mindsets reinforced and communicated to students?
3. What is the disadvantage of being labeled 'smart'?
Each partnership should now share 1 or 2 answers they found to be the most interesting.
Of course, it's always good to have a critical lens
In the same vein, reiterating the message "just try harder" can also be problematic. The reason is that most students have heard "just try harder", but a growth mindset isn't just about trying harder. Students need to understand why they should put in effort and how to deploy that effort.
Find a new partner! You will each read a different (short) article.
1. Number the paragraphs
2. Circle key terms
3. Underline claims (some may require inference)
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