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Can you see it? 5 steps to noticing a Growth Mindset.

This week, we will look at identifying  growth and fixed mindsets in ourselves and others.
Everywhere we look, we can find examples of others either quitting or working through their
problems.

Step 1: Reflecting on Definitions

Go back to the definitions of growth and fixed mindset from Week 1. Did anyone notice a
time he/she was using either mindset? Discuss how we can change from having a fixed to growth
mindset with simple words and phrases that, we can begin practicing today.

Use the suggested script below:
“Last week we talked a lot about growth mindset and how our brains get stronger when we
stick with hard things. Have you noticed a time you had a growth mindset in the last few
days? Did you feel your brain growing? When might you have felt stuck?”

Step 2: Growth Mindset Statements

Ask your child or class to think of some FIXED mindset phrases commonly used at
home or school. For example, I give up, I can’t do this, Its too hard,  and write them down.
Next, create a list of alternate phrases that reflect a GROWTH mindset, for example, I’m not good at this, yet.
Above the fixed mindset column, write “Instead of” and on the Growth mindset column, “I Can Say…”

Use the suggested script below:
“Let’s think of things we say when we’re stuck in a fixed mindset and write them down. We
can then come up with other words to change the fixed mindset into a growth mindset. I’m
sure we can come up with lots of ideas!”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 3: Using Visuals

Display visuals around your home or classroom as constant reminders of new vocabulary and
ideas. Have the children locate their favourite spots to hang posters and refer to them
frequently throughout the day.
Then, when you hear a child making a fixed mindset statement, you can simply point to a
positive quote and have him/her repeat it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 4: Daily Routines

Consider daily routines and how growth mindset can be easily embedded. Set aside at least
several minutes each day to discuss and reflect on them.
As a family, consider how growth mindset LOOKS, FEELS, and SOUNDS at home. Discuss
specific ways we can help each other when we’re “stuck” and need help shifting our
perspective from a fixed to a growth mindset.
At school, consider how growth mindset LOOKS, FEELS, and SOUNDS in class. Make a
Growth Mindset Monitor one of your classroom jobs. End the school day with time for students
to share their mindset experience.

Step 5: Book and Movie Characters

Identify growth and fixed mindsets in favourite book and movie characters. Pay attention to how
the characters FEEL depending on their mindset and discuss ways persistence, love of
learning, and resilience are portrayed.

Use the suggested script below:
“In so many of your favourite books and movies, the characters are learning to have growth
mindsets too. Let’s pick one now and try to find all the ways we see it happening!”

Point out when a character does the hard work of shifting from a fixed to a growth mindset too!

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