Week Two: Notice It

This week, you begin to identify growth and fixed mindsets in ourselves and others. Everywhere you look, you can find examples of others either quitting or overcoming their challenges.

Step 1: Reflect on Definitions

Go back to the definitions of growth and fixed mindset from Week One. Did anyone notice a time they were using either mindset? Discuss how we can change from fixed to growth mindset with simple words and phrases.

Use the suggested script below.

“Last week we talked a lot about a growth mindset and how our brains get stronger when we persist and don’t give up. Have you noticed a time you had a growth mindset in the last few days? Did you feel your brain growing? What about a time you felt stuck?”

Step 2: Practice Switching from a Fixed to Growth Mindset

Ask your child/class to think of some FIXED mindset phrases commonly used at home or anywhere else (“I am not good at this”, “I can’t do anything right”) and write them down.

Next, create a list of alternate phrases that reflect growth mindset (“I’m not good at this yet”). Above the fixed mindset column, write “Instead of” and on the Growth mindset column, “I Can Say…”

Use the suggested script below.

“Let’s think of things we say when we’re stuck in a fixed mindset and write them down.  We can then come up with other words to switch from the fixed mindset into a growth mindset. I’m sure we can come up with lots of great ideas!”

Step 3: Display Visuals as Everyday Reminders

Display visuals around your home/classroom as constant reminders of new vocabulary and ideas. Have the child/class locate their favorite spots to hang posters and refer to them frequently throughout the day.

Then, when you hear a child making a fixed mindset statement, you can simply point to a poster and have them read it (or read together).

Step 4: Discuss How Growth Mindset Looks, Feels, and Sounds

Set aside at least several minutes to discuss how growth mindset can be easily included in your everyday lives.  As a family: Use the printable We Are a Growth Mindset Family (Growth Mindset Printables Kit) to discuss specific ways we can help each other when we’re “stuck” and need help shifting our perspective from a fixed to growth mindset. A family meeting would be a

great place to do this.

Step 5: Use Book and Movie Characters

Identify growth and fixed mindsets in favorite book and movie characters. Pay attention to how the characters feel depending on their mindset and discuss ways persistence, love of learning, and resilience are portrayed.

Point out when a character does the hard work of shifting from a fixed to a growth mindset.

Use the suggested script below.

“In so many of your favorite 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!”

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