Did you know that research has actually shown that when students learn they can develop intelligence with effort and they aren’t just born with their intelligence, they do better in school? Thanks to ClassDojo and Stanford, teachers can easily start introducing this idea to their students. ClassDojo is releasing a set of 5 short videos that introduce the idea that our brains act like muscles – we need to “work them” to grow them. My students love them and are disappointed that we can’t watch more than one at a time! (They are releasing one a week until all 5 are released in mid-February.) Click on the ClassDojo monsters to check them out!
We start every morning with a class meeting to settle into our day and build a sense of community. For the last two weeks, we have started our Mondays with one of ClassDojo’s videos. They include great discussion questions that we talk about together. The students think about their answer, share with a partner, and then have the opportunity to share with the class. To wrap it up, they take home a sheet from ClassDojo with take-home questions to share with their parents.
I wanted them to remember all of the great things we are learning about having a growth mindset, so I came up with some fun posters to color. We have been coloring one every few days to remind ourselves to have a growth mindset. I tried to leave them pretty open so there was room for them to add their own creative touches. I then encourage them to keep them in their binder, put them up in their house, or post in the hallway for other students to see.
Are your students learning about having a growth mindset? I’m sharing my posters with you!
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