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May 26, 2021 | For Teachers, Freebies

Start to develop a growth mindset within your children with the aid of this super resource. It’s a good starting point for discussions relating to mindset and success. It will help realign kids’ thought processes when they are faced with a challenge. Psychologist Carol Dweck brought the concept of fixed vs growth mindset to the […]

Start to develop a growth mindset within your children with the aid of this super resource. It’s a good starting point for discussions relating to mindset and success. It will help realign kids’ thought processes when they are faced with a challenge.

Psychologist Carol Dweck brought the concept of fixed vs growth mindset to the attention of educators and is now a philosophy that is embedded in many education systems around the world.

Helping our children to develop a growth mindset is one of the best things we can do for them. As educators, we need to understand the benefits and appreciate how they can improve our kids’ future success and happiness.

Having a growth mindset creates children that want to learn. They will embrace challenges, persevere when something is difficult, be proud of their efforts, not their attainment, and they will be able to accept criticism and be open to learning from others.

So, to help them develop this type of thinking, adults must first teach kids about growth mindset and give them the tools to think differently about challenges. This ‘I Have A Growth Mindset Worksheet’ is a perfect place to start. The worksheet can be used during a lesson on personal health and wellbeing as it addresses the importance of adjusting the language we use.

On the left-hand side of the sheet, there are 4 quotes from people with fixed mindsets. On the right, there are 4 empty speech bubbles. Children must rephrase the quotes to demonstrate what someone might say if they had a growth mindset instead.

You could discuss the topic of growth mindset as a class and then ask your children to complete the sheet independently. This will give them some time to think quietly and absorb everything they have just learned. You could also use it as a morning starter. It’s a positive way to start the day and will put students into the right mindset for the day ahead.

How to use the ‘I Have a Growth Mindset Worksheet’?

Using the resource is easy, and it’s ready to download and print out which will save you preparation time.

    1. Download and print the worksheet.
    2. Introduce and discuss the concept of growth mindset with your class.
    3. Ask them to think of examples of times when people demonstrated a fixed mindset. Talk about how their thoughts and language could have changed.
    4. Share the worksheet with your students and ask them to rephrase the fixed mindset quotes.

Extension Activities and Fun Ideas:

  • Once your students have rephrased the quotes, they could use them to create some growth mindset posters. These posters can be displayed around your school or learning environment and will act as a positive reminder.
  • Make your classroom a place to gently challenge fixed mindsets. Encourage your students to support each other by helping their friends to adjust the way they think and say things.
  • Celebrate effort and not just academic success. Make this your mission each week with awards directed towards students that have tried hard and overcome challenges.

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