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GROWTH MINDSET for students

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Turn to the last page in your hand-out. DIRECTIONS: Answer the following questions and then share your answers with a partner.

1. Briefly talk about a time when you showed a “growth mindset” and grew your brain by using it a lot. In other words, describe when you struggled with something initially before improving thanks to hard work.

2. What would you tell a new student who is struggling in school and thinks that they are bad at math or English? Explain to them what a growth mindset means & what to do if they don’t understand something.

3. How can you show more of a growth mindset in your education and your life? How will this benefit you?

Mindset Pre-Assessment Name:____________________________

Circle if you Strongly Agree (SA), Agree (A), Disagree (D), or Strongly Disagree (SD) with the following sentences.

1. No matter how much intelligence you have, you can always change it quite a bit.
SA A D SD Points:_______

2. Music talent can be learned by anyone.
SA A D SD Points:_______

3. Only a few people will be truly good at sports – you have to be “born with it.”
SA A D SD Points:_______

4. Math is much easier to learn if you are male or maybe come from a culture who values math.
SA A D SD Points:_______

5. The harder you work at something, the better you will be at it.
SA A D SD Points:_______

6. Trying new things is stressful for me and I avoid it.
SA A D SD Points:_______

7. I appreciate when people, parents, coaches, teachers give me feedback about my performance.
SA A D SD Points:_______

8. I often get angry when I get feedback about my performance.
SA A D SD Points:_______

9. You can always change basic things about the kind of person you are.
SA A D SD Points:_______

10. You can learn new things, but you can’t really change how intelligent you are.
SA A D SD Points:_______

11. An important reason why I do my school work is that I like to learn new things.
SA A D SD Points:_______

12. Truly smart people do not need to try hard.
SA A D SD Points:_______

Total points: ____________

MINDSET Pre-Assessment
A video is worth a million words
What's your mindset?

1. Strongly agree – 3 points Agree – 2 point
Disagree – 1 points Strongly disagree – 0 point

Strong Growth Mindset = 27-36 points
Growth Mindset with some Fixed ideas = 20-28 pts
Fixed Mindset with some Growth ideas= 12-19 pts
Strong Fixed Mindset= 0-11 points

Growth Mindset is about learning from your mistakes like Mike.
Growth mindset means you can learn anything!
"We don’t prevent you from experiencing those bad things,’ Yeager explained. ‘Instead, we try to change the meaning of them, so that they don’t mean to you that things are never going to get better."
Studies show that compared to youth with fixed mindsets, youth with growth mindsets have:

Higher graduation rates
Much less stress and depression
More successful professional careers

Take Home message
Value Mistakes
If your school work is hard, it means that you are challenging yourself and that you are learning.

Rip off the next page and score your test.
Note: for some questions SA=0 points and SD = 3points
How is this possible?
Growth mindset increases resilience and determination when you are struggling.
Why should I have
a growth mindset?
Prepare to take some notes on what you find interesting in these videos.

Write notes underneath the
scoring grid.
"The team that makes the most mistakes wins."
This student was asked to
draw a self-portrait
After one week
of art classes...
- from NY Times article on Growth Mindset
- UCLA Coach John Wooden (10 time NCAA Basketball champion)
Hard work is more important that natural ability when it comes to being successful and happy.
If at first you don't succeed, dust yourself off, and try again. -Aaliyah
Time for you to share!
What did you or your partner
say during your discussion?
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