Quick, phenomenal lesson.
The Kahn acadamy explains the delicacy that must come in engaging students with growth mindset...
"Simply telling students to have a growth mindset can backfire. Students can have a negative reaction to being told how to think. Instead, a more scientific and practical explanation about how intelligence works — that the brain can get stronger and smarter with new learning — has been demonstrated to be effective."- The Kahn Academy
Their website has an INCREDIBLY SIMPLE lesson, please use it for an Extended Home Court lesson, or over several regular mornings- complete with discussion questions
Are you a loser?
Perfect for two days in class, or an extended HC, this article showcases famous failures, and then encourages students to work hard, even when the going gets tough...
One way to help students develop a growth mindset is by telling them how the brain can get smarter. You can explain how certain experiences cause new connections in the brain to form or strengthen, making the brain smarter by literally rewiring it.
This two minute video explains the process simply.
If you have the time, print this one page survey for students to see where their current mindset lies.
In this popular TEDxTalk, Eduardo Briceño (CEO of MindWorks) draws on social science research and real life examples to explain how our understanding of intelligence and abilities deeply impacts success. (11 mins)
Activity: Make a list of the things you feel you are good at and some of the things you aren't; for each item, explain why.
Share your list and reasons with a partner.
Pick two items on your "not good" list and discuss what it would take for you to become better at each.
(Obviously optional) Assignment: Imagine that you have been asked to give a 1-2 minute TEDxTalk on the growth mindset and why it matters. Create your speech (be as creative as you want), practice it until you are satisfied with the results, and then perform it for classmates or colleagues.
Why you need to fail.
Why You Need to Fail (11:00)
Musician and author Derek Sivers explains the importance of failure--for effective learning, growth mindset, and quality through experimentation.
Assignment: Be an investigative reporter and ask as many different people as you can to tell you about a bad mistake they made and what they learned from it. Write down their answers. Be sure to get their first name, age, and what they do. Type up all the answers you collect and share them with colleagues or classmates.
A quick chat.
From the lesson plan in section one, this personal discussion will bring your Home Court a better understanding of how Growth Mindset works, and that they are ALL capable of practicing and implementing the mindset.
An incredible story of triumph and refusing to give up or quit. (5 mins)
What type of mindset do these students exhibit?
Just for teachers...
(=Why should we care? Carol Dweck, the literal expert, explains how teachers' praise impacts students' learning. (2 mins)
For Everyone: Will Smith
In this collage of interviews, Will Smith describes his fierce work ethic, practice versus talent, and the importance of making a difference.
Activity: Will Smith says skill is only developed by "hours and hours and hours of beating on your craft." Take a few minutes and write down a time when you worked really, really hard on a project or skill, surprising even yourself with your "grit." What made you work so hard? Did you ever feel like giving up? What kept you going? How did it turn out? What did you feel when it was all over? Divide into small groups and share your reflections.
Pushing your limits.
In these video clips from the What Kids Can Do series "Just Listen: Students Talk About Learning," six high school students speak straightforwardly about the potential their teachers see in them and the ways they push their limits. (7 mins)
Sources include: http://portal.sliderocket.com/DAJZE/Copy-of-Growth-Mindset-and-Why-It-Matters; wkcd.org; https://www.mindsetkit.org/growth-mindset/teaching-growth-mindset/growth-mindset-lesson-plan.