Class Dojo Big Ideas - Chapter 3 - The Power of Yet

The Power of Yet

My students finished episode 3 today of Class Dojo’s Big Ideas series. We are learning all about developing a growth mindset using these great videos. Today’s episode focused on the “Power of Yet”. We had great discussions about not saying “I can’t do this”, but instead saying “I can’t do this YET!”. Then we watched a fun music video from Sesame Street (only a few students groaned, but they enjoyed it once it started) about the power of yet. My students had such great discussions about the power of yet, that I wanted them to remember to share everything they learned with their family. I created some “Power of Yet” take-home bracelets and was curious how the third graders would take it. Would they complain and think the bracelets were for “little kids”? Surprisingly, they LOVED them! One student even said, do we get to keep these? We quickly colored them and used a stapler or tape to attach them. Unfortunately, I forgot to take a picture of them in action! Sorry! We are expecting a snow storm in Iowa tomorrow and the kids were so wound up by the end of the day – I was lucky to get them out the door on time! You can still download the bracelets to use with your students! There are a few different options and all are meant to be decorated by the children – so there aren’t any extra decorations to them. Click on the cover below to download them for yourself!

Class Dojo's Big Ideas - Episode 3 - The Power of Yet Free Take Home Bracelets



Growth Mindset Coloring Sheets

Inspiring a Growth Mindset

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!

ClassDojo Mindset Episodes

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.

Student Responses - Class Dojo

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.

Growth Mindset Coloring Sheets

Are your students learning about having a growth mindset? I’m sharing my posters with you!

Click Here to Get Your Growth Mindset Posters to Color

Want to learn more about promoting a growth mindset? Check out:

What Class Dojo Monsters Can Teach Kids About Growth Mindset

Stanford’s PERTS Adds Private Partner To Spread Growth Mindset

Brag Tags

Celebrating Academic Success!

I am always looking for new ways to celebrate academic success! I love to celebrate their gains and successes – especially when it comes to testing. I read about brag tags through various blog posts and on Pinterest and decided to give it a try! I created a variety of fun academic-themed brag tags. Now, when my students do awesome on a test or improve on something – I can give them a simple, small, tangible reward to remember their accomplishment. I then took it one step further and wanted to give them something to encourage their hard work on our standardized tests. I created test-specific ones to wish them good luck on their tests and to recognize them for trying their best!

Academic Brag Tags to recognize Academic Successes!

I know some teachers hang their brag tags up on a class bulletin board to display their brag tags. My students wanted to keep them themselves, so they have a keychain or necklace to keep them on. Some take them home, some leave them at school. My purpose is solely to reward them for their effort or accomplishments, so I don’t mind if they take them home. Do you want to try out brag tags in your classroom? Start with this fun freebie:

Brag Tags Freebie from Primary Panda

Then check out my friend Mrs. Beattie’s posts on her blog about how she uses Brag Tags!

Spark Student Motivation: Brag Tags and a Game Show

My Brag Tags are Here!

Go Noodle and Brag Tags – Two of My Favorite Things Together

Card Tower STEM Challenge

Card Tower STEM Challenge & a Freebie

This past Friday we held a Card Tower STEM challenge for the whole third grade. We handed out cooperative grouping cards in order to assign each student to a group of 3. Then each group got a deck of 52 cards (we removed all jokers and extra cards so each deck was equal). We explained the rules: everyone must participate, treat everyone and their ideas with respect, and stay in one spot. We told them they would have 15 minutes to build a tower together and there would be awards for the tallest, widest, and most creative towers. Then they set off to work.

They all had different strategies and it was fun to see their problem solving skills in action! The ones going for most creative had some great ideas! We had one group create a tower that resembled a person, another was a multi-room house, and our winner was a sunburst design.

Card Tower STEM Challenge

At the end, we measured the tallest and widest towers with a yard stick. Then the three third grade teachers walked around and voted on the most creative tower. Then we gathered the students together for the “award ceremony”. We announced the awards for the tallest, widest, and most creative card towers. Then we allowed the students to carefully walk around to look at the other students’ towers. They had a great time and the whole activity took around 30 minutes with very minimal prep! Want to hold your own card tower contest? Click on the certificates below to download an editable card tower certificate!

Editable Card Tower Certificate