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5 Effective Growth Mindset Ideas for Your Classroom Today

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5 Effective Growth Mindset Ideas for Your Classroom Today

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"Becoming is better than being," says growth mindset guru, Carol Dweck.

Teaching your students to embrace their mistakes as learning opportunities, persevere through challenging problems, and focus on growth over final results empowers them to excel inside and outside of the classroom.

But nurturing the right approach to learning with your kids can be tricky without using effective growth mindset classroom strategies.

So, here are 5 awesome ideas to help you empower your kids with a growth mindset for learning in your classroom today:

1.) Embrace the 'Power of Yet"

IDKY = I don't know...yet!

IDKY = I don't know...yet!

Yet—It’s a simple word with the power to forever change a student’s mindset for learning.

When you add yet to the end of a proclamation, it implies a work in progress, soon to be, under construction, to be continued...

Yet gives hope.

With a growth mindset, I can’t becomes I can’t...yet, which blazes the trail to I can!

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2.) Hang Posters

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You can inspire your kids every day by hanging a poster in your classroom that displays the key elements of learning with a growth mindset, including:

  • Being confident in your abilities and sharing your thinking helps you to learn and grow!
  • Making a mistake is no big deal because mistakes are opportunities to learn and grow.
  • Being confident in your abilities and sharing your thinking helps you to learn and grow!

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3.) Share a Growth Mindset 'Quote of the Day'

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Sharing a daily inspiring “quote of the day” is the perfect way to remind your kids that it’s ok to make mistakes and that failing is just a stepping-stone along the way to learning new things.

Quotes are a great way to spark discussion and emphasize the value of taking on challenges, being persistent, and never giving up!

Here's one of my favorites: I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can't accept not trying. -Michael Jordan

Learn More10 Inspiring Growth Mindset Quotes for Kids


Are you looking for more printable quotes to share with your kids?


4.) Show a Short Film

Image Source: SOAR: An Animated Short via Vimeo.com

Image Source: SOAR: An Animated Short via Vimeo.com

Teachers can utilize short films and video clips to help their kids embrace a growth mindset for learning! Videos are great for visual reminders and for sparking open discussion.

Here are a few awesome growth mindset videos you can share with your kids today:

SOAR: An Animated Short  via Vimeo

Your Brain is Like a Muscle via Class Dojo

Janelle Monae and the Power of Yet via Sesame Street

Batman, Belief, and the Power of Yet via Mashup Math

5.) Do a Read-Aloud

Flight School by Lita Judge is a great book for growth mindset read-alouds.

Flight School by Lita Judge is a great book for growth mindset read-alouds.

Another effective and easy way to encourage a growth mindset with your kids is through read-alouds, which are great for opening discussions and sharing the message through storytelling.

If you're looking for stories about individuals who demonstrate how to use a growth mindset to overcome adversity, check out We Are Teacher's blog post: 12 Perfect Read-Alouds for Teaching Growth Mindset.

Which book will be your kids' favorite?


Have more growth mindset strategies for your fellow teachers? Join the conversation and share yours in the comments section below.

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By Anthony Persico

Anthony is the content crafter and head educator for YouTube's MashUp Math and an advisor to Amazon Education's 'With Math I Can' Campaign. You can often find me happily developing animated math lessons to share on my YouTube channel . Or spending way too much time at the gym or playing on my phone.

 
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