I’ve tried this, that, and the other thing when it comes to teaching growth mindsets. It’s time to get smart about it.
Going straight at it isn’t a great plan. So here are the things that I’ll teach as we take the long route.
How the brain works – connections are formed from making mistakes, seeing others, and practicing
Introducing two mindsets – having students sort statements into two piles with no other explanation. They try to explain what the difference between the two piles.
Modelling the mindsets – showing possible reactions
Showing my own stuggles
Adding the magical ‘Yet’ to statements
Focusing on effort over outcome
Coaching negative self-talk and changing language
Reframing challenges as opportunities and failure as learning
Coach an imaginary student who has a terrible mindset
Showing how students are growing over time
The structure of the class will feed into this – the challenges will sound difficult at first but teach how students can face challenges, learn about learning, and celebrate the success of others.
There is more to how it integrates into Innovative Arts… but I’m glad to have this much mapped out for tonight!