Introducing a growth mindset culture within your classroom empowers students. That’s why we created a series of three free bulletin board posters to help reinforce growth mindset in your classroom.
Here are some ways other elementary teachers have introduced growth mindset:
Introduce the concept of a growth mindset in your elementary classroom:
- What does it mean to grow?
- What is mindset?
- What are growth and fixed mindsets?
Conversation prompts to discuss growth mindset with your students:
“We can choose to look at the world in a way that makes us feel strong and happy, or in a way that makes us feel frustrated and we can’t improve.”
“People with a growth mindset know they can get better by working hard. They tend to keep trying even when things are tough, and they say things such as, ‘I can’t do this…yet’ or ‘Mistakes help me learn.’”
“Others feel differently, like they are stuck with the way things are. This is a fixed mindset and it happens to everyone sometimes. But we can choose to have a growth mindset when we stick with challenges and keep trying.”
Identify and practice growth mindset
- Reflect on the definitions
- Create a list of growth mindset statements
- Display growth mindset visuals
- Add mindset discussions to your daily
Conversation prompts to discuss ways to practice growth mindset with your students:
“Earlier we talked about growth mindset and how we shouldn’t give up when things get hard. Have you noticed a time you had a growth mindset in the last few days? Was there a time when you felt stuck but kept trying?”
“Let’s think about the kinds of things we say when we’re stuck in a fixed mindset so we’ll know when it’s happening. Then we can come up with some things to say to flip to a growth mindset!!”
“In lots of 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!”
While bulletin boards and posters don’t change mindsets overnight, they can help to introduce concepts and reinforce practices.
Article by Cris Charbonneau