Hi Friends… I hope this post finds you well. I wanted to share an activity with you that I do during the first week of school. I am a STICKLER when it comes to saying the words “I CAN’T!”
Those words are actually like hearing nails on a chalkboard for me…it drives me a bit bonkers. So right from the get-go, we get RID of the words “I CAN’T” in our classroom and learn to change our thoughts and words around to be more positive and productive. I spend the first week of school doing my typical and engaging Back to School activities and get-to-know-you games. But, I always find time to read the book My Fantastic Elastic Brain.
It has some tough vocabulary, but it makes for some great discussions. We talk ALL about how our brains grow when we try new things and it even grows when we make mistakes….and mistakes are TERRIFIC things.. yep.. I always say that mistakes are terrific. I stress how important it is to make mistakes because they always help us to learn and STRETCH our brains. The best way for us to STRETCH our brains is to have a Growth Mindset. We talk about what that means and how we can learn to have a growth mindset.
I then share this adorable video on Growth Mindset..
I always give the actual definition of a Growth Mindset on our chart and we think of different things that we can say instead of “I Can’t.” We create a T-Chart of Fixed Mindset statements and create Growth Mindset statements from them.
After we have our initial discussion of what a Growth Mindset is, we create our Growth Mindset Flip Flap Book to be displayed along with our Growth Mindset bulletin board display. It looks AWESOME in the hallway!
The students write what a Growth Mindset is, they reflect on a time that they had a Fixed Mindset and figure out a way to change that in the future to having a growth mindset, they will reflect on an area that they struggle with and create Growth Mindset Goals, and they also match up fixed mindset statements with growth mindset statements.
After completing these lessons and activities, my students start using their new found vocabulary on a day-to-day basis. They are like little sponges! I just love that.
After our inital lesson on growth mindset, I also share these two books with my students as well during the first week of school.
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