There are 4 basic steps that really help when modelling the concept of Growth Mindset to children at home or in the classroom.
Your ability to MODEL a growth mindset can make the difference between a child understanding the concept and actually living it.
Let them see your growth mindset in action.
Here are 4 really easy steps to help you achieve this.
Step 1: Being Honest when you think something is difficult
Be honest when something is tricky for you. Tell kids when you’re discouraged, share your fixed mindset thoughts and brainstorm solutions aloud. Show them we’re ALL learning this growth mindset thing together! Children thrive when then understand and see your insecurities too. If you model this well, their confidence in you as person, not just an adult or teacher grows.
Step 2: Mindset and Feelings
Explore how positive feelings such as pride and happiness come from persisting through challenges. When stuck in a fixed mindset, share how you felt sad, anxious, or even hopeless.
Negative feelings may serve as clues that you need to shift your thinking. Give your own examples as a grown up.
Step 3: Learning through goal setting
Set a goal for yourself to learn something new and share your learning process. How did you feel at the start? How did you set that goal for yourself and go about achieving it? Review ways children can set and meet their own goals!
Step 4: The Power of Yet!
This is my absolute favourite to do with children. With one simple word, any fixed mindset phrase can be transformed into a statement of hope. “I can’t do this…yet.” Can’t is so definite, so final. Add the word YET and a hope can be seen.
Make a YET vision board or designate a wall at home for all the things you can’t do…yet!
Use the suggested script below:
“Even though I know about growth mindset, I still have to work at it. Especially when something is hard for me.
I can tell I’m in a fixed mindset when I have thoughts about quitting and start to feel sad. When I feel that way,
I know I need to change my thinking to a different mindset. One way that works is just using the word ‘yet.’ We can
add it onto the end of almost any sentence to change our thinking. For example, when I get frustrated by a
challenge and think ‘I’ll never get it,’ I just say, “I don’t get it…yet.” Or if I think I can’t do something, I’ll say, “I can’t
Can you think of a sentence that ends with yet which would make you feel better?
YET is kind of like a magic word. It shows we can keep trying and not give up on ourselves or our dreams.”
By being open, discussing our own feelings, learning something new and setting goals, then adding the most powerful three letter word in the world, you will, overtime, witness your children grow. And yes, it is MAGIC!
This is something I show my class that they really respond to. It’s also great to open a discussion.
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