Growth Mindset is the belief that intelligence is constantly growing and changing with effort, persistence, and a focus on learning. It is the idea that our brains are not fixed, and that we can learn almost anything with time, effort, and the acceptance of failure and challenges. Fixed mindset, on the other hand, is the belief that our intelligence and qualities are traits that cannot be changed.
After reading the story I Can’t Do That YET by Esther Pia Cordova, kids should brainstorm positive thoughts that help them when they struggle to achieve a goal. Using a website chosen by the teacher or a printout of positive quotes, students will choose a quote that they like. Next, students will create a cell that states and illustrates that quote and print it out to keep as a day to day reminder that anything is possible. Teachers may want to laminate these or tape them to the students’ desks.
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Objective: Create a cell that illustrates and states a positive quote of your choice.
Grade Level 2-3
Difficulty Level 1 (Introducing / Reinforcing)
Type of Assignment IndividualCommon Core Standards
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