Growth Mindset Activities

Growth Mindset
Collaborative learning is a useful way to enhance a growth mindset. Learning in groups allows children to find solutions with the support of their peers. With this in mind, we came up with the following activities which can be done individually or in groups.

Fixed vs. Growth – Negative self-talk can be a significant barrier to children’s learning. Give each group a list of phrases that could result from a fixed mindset (I can’t do this, I’m not good at maths) and ask them to come up with growth mindset alternatives (Mistakes help me learn, I need to work on this).

Steps for Setbacks – Setbacks are to be expected when learning new things. Ask your groups to come up with actions for them to perform whenever they have a setback. For example, they might 1. Take a deep breath; 2. Figure out where they went wrong; 3. Decide on some process-based solutions; 4. Try again!

Map your Solutions – This is a great way to help kids figure out process-based solutions on their own or in groups. Once they’ve figured out where they went wrong, get them to create a mind-map with their problem at the centre. They can then map out different possible ways to deal with the problem. If they do this exercise in groups, they can also get outside perspectives on their issue which can be really useful.

Compliment Sandwiches – Giving and receiving constructive criticism are essential parts of developing a growth mindset. It is crucial to teach children how to do this as it is a vital skill in secondary school and later life. I find the best way to give constructive criticism is in a ‘compliment sandwich’ e.g. “I really like your ideas, but your spelling needs some work. Luckily your grammar is good, so it won’t be too hard to fix your story.” Reminding your students that criticism helps them grow and learn will hopefully help them positively receive criticism. To practice, you can split your class into pairs and ask them to practice giving and receiving constructive criticism.

All free resources are updated fortnightly. If this freebie is not available visit HERE to grab the latest free resource on us!

Never miss a classroom activity we create. The Growth Mindset activity has been added to the Lizard Learning Club PLUS Membership.

Want Unlimited Resources?

Join the Lizard Learning Club PLUS Membership to reduce your planning and give you the peace of mind knowing
you are covering all the daily curriculum fundamentals and capturing the educational fun for your students.


Popular blogs right now!

Seasons Word Search

Seasons Word Search

Discover new vocabulary, learn to spell and have fun at the same time. This Seasons Word Search is a super resource if you’re teaching the topic of seasons or if you’re looking for a constructive way for your students to pass some time in class. Word search activities...

Daily Fun Fitness

Daily Fun Fitness

Jump, hop, skip and march into action with this Daily Fun Fitness Activity. Designed to get your class moving by adding a little fitness to your school day. The Daily Fun Fitness Activity has been created to help you easily incorporate fitness into your daily class...

Select your currency

Your Cart