Enter to Win Resources That Support a Growth Mindset!

Growth Mindset GiveawayThis giveaway is now closed. This month we’re thrilled to give away resources for students and educators that support and foster the development of a growth mindset. One lucky reader will win:

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216 Responses to Enter to Win Resources That Support a Growth Mindset!

  1. Gülçin says:

    I am a university supervisor and currently working with Early Childhood Ed. Preservice Teachers (PSTs). I am happy to inform you folks that this fall semester (which is started this week) growth mindset is one of the big ideas that I will discuss with my PST. I believe that the teachers should be aware of their mindset before teaching their students. I will share resources and strategies with them so they can follow through during their field experience. Also I will check in with them how they encouraged their young students each week in field.

    This summer, I worked with my 5yo niece about growth mindset. She was feeling down, whenever she fails on something. She didn’t want to continue playing piano with her mom. I simply explained her how our brain works and plasticity by showing visuals. I also used class dojo videos about growth mindset to discuss further. I told her ‘If you practice playing piano with your mother, you will create new synaptic roads in your brain. You will feel your brain is growing.’ It seems that short session worked very well, now they are back on track!

  2. Felecia Wells says:

    A growth mindset cannot happen unless students believe in themselves. As a teacher, I get to know my students and strive daily to build student confidence. Students in my class are given new ways to express themselves and that mistakes are a tool for learning. I have students give examples of how a mistake can be valuable such as an experiment gone awry that led a scientist to a huge breakthrough. If I can foster a growth mindset in my students, they will have success long after leaving my classroom.

  3. Karen Gawlik says:

    As a middle school health teacher, I am continually stressing the importance of balancing the health triangle: physical health, social health, and MENTAL/EMOTIONAL health. These 3 sides interact and as a society, we tend to place most of our focus on physical health. Students learn that many physical ailments are caused by poor mental health. These books would be such valuable resources for my students.

  4. Kim says:

    As a youth outreach worker I foster a growth mindset by breaking things down so kids can build their skills in fun ways where everyone is supported and succeeds.

  5. Oneida Thorne says:

    As a counselor who works with students that have been assigned for In School Suspension I usually receive high school students who are frequent subjects of disciplinary action, often truant, have failing grades, and generally don’t see themselves as good students. Following a growth mindset in my classroom means challenging these students to grow behaviorally as well as academically. We discuss individual barriers and challenges that make “doing school” hard for them. We talk about things that trigger disruptive behaviors in class or cause them to choose to be truant from school. I teach various forms of self-regulatory techniques such as Mindfulness and identifying our Emotional Zone. I provide tools that can be done anywhere to calm and self-soothe and we practice them in class. We also take the time to use role-play to determine other possible choices the student could have used that would have de-escalated their situation to further enhance their learning. I remind students that continual practice is what it takes to make these techniques “stick” in their personal resource bag so that they are available to them during times of crisis. We come up with a plan of action to address missed assignments to catch up in their classes and brainstorm ways in which students can ensure they don’t fall behind again. Because many of these students are prone to failing classes I set a “no failure” policy and require that these students get at least a “D” to pass. This is quite a challenge for many of the students and many may still fail one or more classes. Even if a student didn’t do well enough to pass a course the student is usually able to identify improvements in their own behavior and can relate a better sense of connectedness to the school and individual teachers. To continue to foster a growth mindset we talk about what made it hard to pass a particular course. Students are very insightful when scrutinizing their own behavior and usually can identify on their own what changes they need to make to ensure they pass their class on the next go round. Over time, it is great to see students take initiative to seek out help and buckle down to complete assignments when they find themselves falling behind. We also discuss the development of the student’s sense of self-efficacy over time. As students mature they begin to understand that by sticking with it and taking little steps they can accomplish their goals. We talk about the challenges they are currently facing and those that may lie ahead, but we spend time celebrating the many gains they have demonstrated in their attitude, attendance, behavior and academically. I find that students are usually surprised at their own growth, especially in areas in which they have struggled. Knowing that many of these students would have probably dropped out, it is remarkable to see these students matriculate to the next grade level or finally walk across the stage to receive a high school diploma. I feel incredibly proud of them, as I know many of the obstacles they have had to overcome to move forward in their education and hope that they will carry a growth mindset into their futures.

  6. Jacci says:

    Teaching upper level science lends itself to upper level parents who sometimes pass on their stress to their students. Stress is an obstacle to learning. With that in mind I remind parents and students that Physics is a course where you need to repeat….’I just don’t understand this….yet.’

  7. It is the way we do things at our school. We believe that all children can succeed and want to instill that in them along the way.

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  9. Dawn Estep says:

    I work with young children in an elementary school in the inner city. Having resources for the growth mindset will help us reach our children in a more meaningful way. I believe to equip our children with all the tools they will need for a healthy mind/self-worth and a successful future.

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  12. Cheri says:

    I’m a Family Engagement Coordinator. In my work, I share resources and books with families of children with IEPs so that families can support a growth mindset in their children at home. I think children need their families AND teachers support a growth mindset.

  13. Mandy Spear says:

    I am working to change the language in the classroom from negative to positive. I can’t… to I can’t do that yet but I will keep trying! The Power of Yet! I also stress it’s ok to make mistakes, mistakes help us to learn. I acknowledge when work/activities/assignments are hard for the student and remind them that mistakes will happen and that’s OK!

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  17. I am following this group on Pinterest. It’s such an awesome resource! Thanks!

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  19. As a music therapist, I of course use music to be the motivator of using cognition to support educational skills and goals in children with special needs. Music intervions can vary and incorporate several skills at once such as motor movement, problem solving and making choices. I would love to add this collection of resources to my library to continue to learn and inform my practice.

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  22. Courtney S says:

    I work closely with individuals and groups as an elementary school counselor to foster a growth mindset. I use quite a bit of literature (Bubble Gum Brain by Julia Cook is a student favorite!) coupled with activities. Students know the “power of yet” within my office without my having to prompt for it anymore. Even my bulletin board is dedicated to growth mindset, and I took a course focusing on it over the summer. I would be thrilled to have more resources to continue to spread this important message with ALL grades K-4!

  23. Stephanie Bryant-McClurg says:

    As a librarian, I feel the need to suggest books about children to students in the transitional tween years who beat the odds, not always win the game they believe they are playing, but come up with creative ways to win at life and the more important game of “Self Acceptance”. Fictional stories are a great way to mirror a characters attitude about how all students struggle but cant overcome many of life’s obstacles.

  24. Andrea says:

    I build on the strengths of my students. I make them feel good about what they do well so we can grow and learn from there. Be positive! Our minds are more open when we feel confident with a CAN DO attitude! These books would align well with my classroom philosophies!

  25. Kathy B says:

    I work with my students on realizing the value of a mistake and that practice makes progress. We learn from our own mistakes, as well as those of others. Rather than letting errors discourage us, we let them encourage us. We embrace our mistakes for helping us progress and grow.

  26. Jennifer Oliger says:

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  28. Jennifer Oliger says:

    I foster a growth mindset in my class by using resources from Jo Boaler. She has created some wonderful online videos for students. Once we view the videos and discuss them, students create posters with growth mindset slogans that we post around the room for inspiration during the year.

  29. Kaitlyn B Evans says:

    We have been working this whole first week on understanding growth mindset and changing our language to foster growth mindset. We will continue the year with exit journal prompts related to growth mindset as well as little growth mindset follow-up activities around holiday times for fun and refreshers!

  30. Working with gifted students, who are often perfectionists, is an eye-opener, when many won’t even try for fear of failure. A growth mindset and related information is needed and appreciated. I will share these resources!

  31. ccanild says:

    To foster a growth mindset, we have a daily question for each student — what was the best mistake you made today and what did you learn from it?

  32. Stephanie Staples says:

    I teach technology and intervention, and across the board, I see kids who don’t think they are smart. I try to give them opportunities to shine academically and creatively. I tell them all the time that there are different kinds of smart, and they just have to find those areas of strength and work on the areas of weakness. I remind them that mistakes are good, as long as you learn from them. Creating that risk free environment is especially beneficial in my intervention groups.

  33. Tracy Goins says:

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  34. Jana Steeves says:

    I am excited to work with all the students in the library on growth mindset and social emotional learning. I love that there are so many new resources for parents and kids addressing these basic soft skills needed for life.

  35. Leah Walker says:

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  36. Leah Walker says:

    In lessons I use the “Mindset Matters” curriculum by Lisa King. Students learn about the “power of yet” and how their brains work better when their emotional state is positive. We practice brain games to help them feel struggle and then success. We talk about “training their brain.” We practice mindfulness techniques. We also work with the “Zones of Regulation” to help students start regulating their emotions so that they can continue to learn.

  37. Leah Walker says:

    Liked your page on Facebook! Looks like you have some great resources available!

  38. Kathryn Ferguson says:

    I find positive ways to comment daily to all students I interact with to encourage them in their abilities, ideas, and overall well-being. We are just beginning to read The Growth Mindset Coach book this year as a faculty. I can tell it will be very beneficial to our team.

  39. Katie Pfeifer says:

    In 5th grade we have a PBL that is based on Growth Mindset and students learning who they are as learners. We talk about how our brain grows anytime we learn or do anything new. We also talk about how they are all capable of learning and doing anything they put their minds to. We encourage each other throughout the year and remind each other to always have a Growth Mindset.

  40. Patti Fisher says:

    I work with students to foster personal growth mindset to promote total social emotional growth.

  41. Nakia Fountain says:

    Working in a peeschool classroom allow me to foster growth in my students by engaging in problem solving skilling. My students are encouraged to solve everyday problem that will not only effect their school life but their life overall. Some of those challenges include getting items that are out of their reach, logging on to websites, choosing materials to create or develop different things. One game that I love to play with my preschooler to develop problem solving skills is jenga. Sometime I use a large version that I made with shoe boxes other time we use tge regular game. Another way I foster problem solving is I ask my students to think about how things are made. For instance we alway try to make a sand castle the children have to try to figure out how to make it stick together. Its so awesome to see 3-5 year olds coming up with all kinds of idea such as glue or tape or paint (I allow them to try all their ideas). They stay focused and keep trying hardly ever do they get frustrated.

  42. Nancy Dilley says:

    Promoting a growth mindset:
    As a teacher-libarian I promote and read aloud books whose characters face obstacles and develop strategies to overcome them. I model self talk and problem solving to classes and individual students and encourage them to do the same. I also share a lot of brain research with all age levels. We use the program Second Step which has lessons that actively address “how to learn” and problem solving skills.

  43. Nancy Benz says:

    I continue to foster growth mindset with the students. We discuss not putting a “ceiling” and not paying students to do things. Instead working with the students to be internally motivated, to see their own potential, and to look at what they can do to make themselves the best!

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  46. Tanya Hammond says:

    I do alot with self esteem with all grades to build confidence. I started working with my older students on mindfulness. But I have struggled with good resources for growth mindset. This year our school has implemented a growth mindset behavior chart. So planning on really try to help foster that this year.

  47. mary brown says:

    We stress that the brain is like a muscle and the more you use it the stronger it gets. We also talk about the power of yet…We can/t do something now but if we work really hard we will get it YET!

  48. Kathy MacCarthy says:

    I teach students how to learn and grow from mistakes. Errors provide an opptunity to learn something you didn’t know yet.

  49. Betty Finucane says:

    In the beginning of the year, we read the story “Giraffes Can’t Dance” and talk about how the character perseveres. Then I have each student list the things they can do and then the things they cannot do…yet! We choose one thing from the list to make a plan toward success, then cheer each other along during the year. We always celebrate each time someone moves a “can’t” to a “can”.

  50. Violeta Panev says:

    Growth Mindset Theory as part of Positive Psychology is something that teachers can do a lot to promote the abilities of the students and enhance the motivation to learn with self respect and self-confidence, I love it. I enetered the theory in my last research when doing Values in my educational system.
    Greetings Violeta Panev- MKD

  51. Rebecca says:

    I promote a growth mindset by remembering “the power of the word YET” (I’m sure that came from something I read, a webinar/seminar I attended, or heard someone else say…so THANKS!), and acknowledging that, “You’re right. _______ is really hard for you. That’s why we’re working on it together. Now, tell me something that is pretty easy for you.” I also have posters hanging in my teaching space that affirm the students and encourage a growth mindset. Whenever I conference with a student about a specific problem, we go through these questions: How are you smart? What is your goal? What is the obstacle to success? Are you ready to grow as a learner?//Can you change your thinking? What can you do to experience success? Can you ask someone for help? I have also made it a priority to be more intentional with my language and model this with other teachers to promote a growth mindset.

  52. Alison Klein says:

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  54. Alison Klein says:

    We teach in a co-taught classroom and we set goals as a class, post them, and refer to them often. We also love phrases like “use your brain as a muscle” and “try, try again”. We love growth mindset and how it has changed our classroom into a true community that helps each other be their best.

  55. Connie Adams says:

    I help children get growth mindset by being encouraging and letting them know that subjects were hate even for myself. It was hard for me to do certain things when it came to school, Because I had ADHD and OCD. My son has also been diagnosed with the same things that I have that’s why it’s a wonderful thing that I got blessed to work with children in the oasis program. You just have to find what type of encouragement of a child needs so that they can move forward and not get stuck on that one simple problem. There is way more to the problem Its just that one little thing that they get stuck on and that’s where I come in to help guide them.

  56. Julie McGowan says:

    Mistakes show that we are trying and are an excellent reminder for remembering what we DID learn.

  57. Cher Jackson says:

    we us the Fill your bucket, have a Peace Table, yoga and meditation.

  58. Bristol Evasco says:

    “Mistakes are proof you’re trying” We work through mistakes together, we acknowledge each other’s successes and consistent positive praise around.

  59. Debbie Guardado says:

    All experiences are growth opportunities. I support the positive side of the experience. Life is about calculated risk and sometimes it doesn’t turn out as we had expected. Then we try, try, and try again with the feedback from our previous attempts helping us along the way. We can also grow from sharing the experiences of others through family sharing, books, friends, teachers, etc.

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  61. Cassandra Williams says:

    I like to read books that will give them the opportunity to imagine themselves in the book doing what they are doing. I also like to ask open ended questions that relate to the book that I am reading to encourage the children to express their thoughts and ideas.

  62. Haley Neumann says:

    In our classroom we teach bucket filling, and working through problems. We treat each day new, and talk about how we can learn from mistakes.

  63. Leigh Anne Akey says:

    I am a coordinator for gifted education in my school district. I have encouraged the teachers to use the growth mindset in their encounters with gifted students. It is part of our social and emotional or affective part of our curriculum. I would love the opportunity to share these resources with my teachers, especially the newest teachers (Year 1 – 4 teachers; Year 2 – 6 teachers)! We have 35 total teachers.

  64. Paula Iunghuhn says:

    I try to give students 2 min. when they approach me in the library. I also read stories that (unknown to them) encourage a growth mindset. Last year I started Genius Hour, which was a growing experience for all of us. I will continue with that this year.

  65. Elaine Dion says:

    I have focused on feedback that moves students to the next level or step in all phases of writing assignments rather than focusing on correcting surface-level errors that occur only once or twice in a piece. I remind students to avoid comparing their chapter one to someone else’s chapter thirty. To show how I grow, I began taking painting classes and present paintings-in-progress thereby demonstrating my struggles and successes or growth in an area new to me.

  66. Donna Greenleaf says:

    I always praise effort. Rather than saying how pretty or smart a child is, we reinforce effort, resilience, and willingness to try. We teach children to believe in the power of “not yet”.

  67. Shaunte Henderson says:

    I encourage students to always keep in mind that FAIL means the First Attempt In Learning. I teach math so I have to encourage them daily to not allow their past successes (or unsuccessful) in math determine how they do this year in my math class. I love to hear students say “I got this!” I also am sure to repeat something they have said negative in a positive way and then have them to repeat that as well.

  68. Katherine Becker says:

    I strive to foster a growth mindset in the language that I use with students (and encourage them to use themselves) re: self-talk; I also encourage students to reflect on past growth and challenges they overcame using their own strengths and resources.

  69. Krista Overgaard says:

    I start the year with showing a slide show and videos about stepping outside box. I encourage all students to see where their potential is, and questioning them, having them reflect and make a plan. Mini checkins are essential to their growth, helping them recognize their ability.

  70. Adrianne says:

    These are excellent resources that students can relate to when learning about growth mindset!

  71. Nicole Derby says:

    As Ann elementary school Counselor I do multiple lessons on growth mindset each year. My favorite lessons on on the word “yet”. The students and I all write down something that we can’t do yet. I save them and bring it back out the next year and we get to check our progress. The kids also love that I have things I am working on as well.

  72. Shannon Porter says:

    As a SSW it is my role to facilitate growth and self esteem goal activities with the children on my caseload to increase their skills and coping tools. Hence my hope is, they will continue to develop their growth mindset as we continue to focus on these issues.

  73. Melissa Derby says:

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  76. Melissa Derby says:

    One of my favorite ways to teach growth mindset (besides explicitly explaining it to students) is to model a growth mindset when I make a mistake in front of students.

  77. Patti Northrup says:

    I teach ways to reframe thinking, and support others to cope with challenges. My topics are focused on healthy relationship skills, and responding to emotions that are difficult, like anger. When working with youth we practice responsive skills for ourselves and others, know we need to to develop a new approach to the skills of relationships that lift us and others up, not play into power and control tactics and unhealthy and dangerous responses and relationships. It’s a heavy lift to rethink normed ideas about relationships and to know we are worthy of healthy. I encourage and support the work we (the class) practice, and acknowledge it is a shift sometimes for us, but a change we can accomplish! With a safe and uplifting message we promote the growth to healthy connections and providing support to each other.

  78. Lori Lukasezck says:

    As part of a multiage team (3rd and 4th grade), we work with students to build an understanding of how the brain works… that there are more ways than one to accomplish things. With older and younger students in the mix (there are 1-5 grade students in our program), we foster a community of learners around the power of “YET”. Through activities, picture books, videos, and community interactions, we have had the opportunity to watch students grow. I am eager to continue learning new ways to foster a growth mindset in the students in our community!

  79. To foster a growth mindset, I think that it is extremely important to listen to each individual child’s needs (or what s/he thinks s/he needs). Even the youngest of children long to be heard. When you listen to a child, you build trust, so that you can then explain to him how his brain functions, how she can begin regulating her own actions and reactions, and how to find success even when he “fails” at something.

  80. Teresa Young says:

    I love how growth mindset lets me learn more about my students!!

  81. Teresa Young says:

    Thank you for the opportunity!!

  82. Teresa Young says:

    Growth mindset helps give my students the confidence to take the risk. I love how it frees them of the fear making mistakes.

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  84. dsmith1314 says:

    I foster growth mindset by discussing it often and modeling it for my students. I also have posters around the room promoting growth mindset.

  85. Kristin Bennett says:

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  88. Teresa Young says:

    I love how this empowers the students.

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  90. Kristin Bennett says:

    Working with elementary students starting with vocabulary so we can express ourselves and identify solutions to the problems. Another way has been reading books and having posters up as a reminder of vocabulary we have gone over.

  91. Heather Carnes says:

    I remind students every day that they are closer than they were yesterday, and that they know more even if they don’t know everything.

  92. Mary Sanger says:

    As a counselor, I like to show students how a growth mindset can change their learning experience.

  93. John Ashley says:

    I have real conversations with my students.

  94. Kara Guiff says:

    My favorite thing to do to foster growth mindset is to not accept “I don’t know” as an answer. My students must say, “I don’t know yet, but I want to”. Then I come back to them later in the discussion and ask again. When it becomes automatic, it is an amazing thing!

  95. To create a growth mindset in the classroom, I kick off the school year with a Home visit to get to know the family and child, learn what he or she enjoys, and make sure I encourage that in the classroom regularly.
    -Margaret Morales

  96. Melissa M says:

    Becoming more self aware and teaching reframing our thoughts and conversations about our experiences. Students a reframed opportunity on our news board for others to read and consider.

  97. Laurie Kushel Parker says:

    If you capture a child’s heart–you capture their mind. If a child feels valued and secure–you can teach them the world!!!

  98. Liz Schwab says:

    We just introduced the idea of a growth mindset to our staff in May at our final staff training. This year, I am building on it from the start by creating student-made class books about what they can do. These books will show them trying, failing, trying again and eventually succeeding at different age appropriate skills, such as learning to write their names.

  99. Anita Labrecque says:

    I focus on teaching parents about Mindset, since as preschoolers, the majority of my students don’t have a fixed mindset yet. By teaching parents, I hope to influence not only the child, but the family.

  100. Katie Self says:

    I do my best to have students acknowledge other another when they see or hear a peer using growth mindset! We celebrate and create a “chain” of actions that we display!

  101. Ian Poulier says:

    Increasing our vocabulary of emotions and learning how to navigate through our experiences

  102. I have the benefit of working with my students for multiple years, and am able to reflect with them about all the “not yet”s they had in the past, and that with grit they grew their brain and learned.

  103. Brandon says:

    Teaching, listening, truly listening to your students, for me, has been a huge lift in my desire to help them build success, feel powerful, expand on their confidence, and making stronger bonds with each kid.

  104. Tracy says:

    I like to focus on working with the concept of closed and opened mindset with the kids. They may not understand the concept but they catch onto the language quickly. “Yet’ becomes a very popular word. “I have not learned it YET”.

  105. Erica says:

    I work with families as an early intervention therapist and work with families on finding strengths and creating positive language around the areas that are “not yet.”

  106. Brenda Green says:

    I read books like “The Fantastic Elastic Brain” then make a neuron using craft supplies and “It’s Okay to Make Mistakes” then talk about famous mistakes that became amazing inventions.

  107. Mary A. Obringer says:

    I try to foster a growth mindset by having a real conversation with my students and have them make a plan to put into action that will allow them to see their growth and to celebrate it.

  108. Stacy says:

    At the beginning of each year, we talk about the hopes and dreams we have for the school year. We talk a out how it should be something we want to be better at or can’t do yet. It does not have to be school related. It can be something outside of school. I do it this way because they all shine in different things and I don’t want them thinking they just need to be good at something in school.

    I also show them a clip from Disney’s “ Meet the Robinsons.” It is the part where they talk about How you have to keep moving forward and that true learning comes out of making mistakes.

  109. Nikki Nicholson says:

    The students study brain development in order to see how their brain works.

  110. Elizabeth Janvrin says:

    In my Head Start class I use self talk when I make a mistake or forget to do something. I conclude by stating my thinking about how I try again or fix the problem.

  111. Janelle says:

    Model growth mindset by verbalizing the process out loud!

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  114. Mary says:

    I like to connect growth mindset to brain development – we grow more connections between neurons with every mistake!

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  118. Autumn Shaffer says:

    I foster growth mindset by focusing on effort and attempt rather than finished product. we promote the idea that you learn from mistakes.

  119. Ms. F says:

    I teach middle school and always do a project that adds YET to any Nots and then asks students to work in teams to brainstorm solutions to our not yets…I cannot solve two step equations in algebra yet…solutions 1. I can partner with someone who does and have them support my work, I can spend an hour on Kahn Academy and study that lesson and practice it, I can ask for a meeting with my teacher, I can go to a math blog online for students, … Then we take an artistic approach and turn those not yet’s into CANs with our vision maps. The rest of the year, any I can’ts get redirected by classmates and we rephrase them. They are also added to our NOT YET wall for Solution providers to visit and offer up great solutions. Good stuff:) . Now I work virtually and am going to create an online space for all of this to transpire for my students. Any Ideas??

  120. Julie Shipley-Hadley says:

    Living the example to not just my students but other students that I may see during the day.

  121. Anne Donlon says:

    Live the mindset in front of him, honestly and transparently!

  122. Julia Gabor says:

    We do activities that expose students to growth and fixed mindsets. Then we ask them to create their own project showing the difference, can be a poster, spoken word, a power point, a skit, a photo etc. THEY LOVE THIS ACTIVITY!

  123. Stephanie Moore says:

    I set expectations and encourage my students to try completing a task in different ways.

  124. Jennifer Burgess says:

    In our classroom we strive to see mistakes as opportunities to learn new ways to do something or to learn from a friend.

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  126. Beth Williams says:

    As a home childcare provider I teach my infants and toddlers through play and understanding.

  127. Marti Anderson says:

    I foster a growth mindset in my classroom by emphasizing process over product, by facilitating experimentation, by encouraging children to get right back up and try again when things go wrong. I have visuals both inside and outside of my classroom that illustrate principles of growth mindset. The children often see me attempt new things with varying results, and they see I am not destroyed by my mistakes and that those mistakes often send me in new directions. We *live* growth mindset every day.

  128. Peg Kallman says:

    I liked you on Facebook! At the beginning of the year we spend time talking about mindset and how it affects what we accomplish. Since everyone knows what mindset is we can revisit and remind ourselves throughout the year and we are all on the same page.

  129. Judith Ripke says:

    I try to help my students develop a growth mindset by reading and discussing the books Beautiful Oops (it is okay to make a mistake-everyone does) and The Most Magnificent Thing (keep trying even if it doesn’t work the first time). But, I would like to expand the books I read and discuss on this topic, so we can keep revisiting growth mindset through the year.

  130. Peg Kallman says:

    Following you on Twitter! We acknowledge that we can all learn from one another and that there is very often more than one way to find an answer in math.

  131. Jesse A. Robert says:

    This will be a great implementation in any classrooms.

  132. Peg Kallman says:

    Following you on Pinterest! In my middle school math classes we work on keeping a positive attitude – especially learning that algebra is about critical thinking and following logical steps to a conclusion. We also keep in mind that getting it 100% right the first time means it is too easy.

  133. Lee Kinney says:

    When my student say they can’t do something. I tell them not yet. Keep trying. Your brains continues to grow with each challenge.

  134. Mia Tatum-Crider says:

    I will continue to support and nurture student strengths and help them build upon their strengths and overcome obstacles! To be a ‘resilience king/queen’! 🙂

  135. Peg Kallman says:

    I have been focused on Growth Mindset for the past few years after taking a class from Jo Boaler online. I have changed the way I view presenting math concepts and have embraced the power of the words “NOT YET”!

  136. Juanita J Rodriguez says:

    I want to incorporate these tools in my class and I love free!

  137. Katie Gindin says:

    I am a little less sure of my success following on pinterest, but I’m eager to look at more resources.

  138. Lore Adesso says:

    As a remedial teacher, I need to foster the growth mindset so my students are able to push aside the negative and believe in themselves again. Then they are able to be successful. This would be a great resource for implementing growth mindset!

  139. Katie Gindin says:

    I think I liked you on facebook. I am excited about all the new materials you have on mindfulness; an important skill for reframing our thoughts and changing from fixed to growth.

  140. Gina says:

    One simple way is teaching my firsties – “Mistakes are good, they help us grow, they teach us all we need to grown.” We also don’t say I can’t – we say I can try!

  141. I support a growth mindset in my students by challenging them to confidently engage in their environment, exploring creatively without regard to being right or wrong. I encourage them to just TRY, New & Uneasy Things🌈

  142. I have given the kids starbursts before at the end of the school year and had them each share a thing they felt like they were a STAR at and something that they were hoping to BURST into being better at the next year!

  143. Katie Gindin says:

    I am a school psychologist. It’s just in the past few years that I’ve begun framing my groups (whole classroom) around growth mindset beginning with learning about the brain (exciting and fun for kids),and defining growth mindset.

  144. mommasbacon says:

    I follow on Pinterest

  145. mommasbacon says:

    I follow on Twitter

  146. mommasbacon says:

    Creating learning goals and making constructive strategies for increasing effort, persisting on difficult tasks, seeking help, and remaining open to information about their mistakes.

  147. Erin says:

    Using the power of yet with kids.

  148. ashley skogen says:

    In my job as a parent aware coach I help childcare providers instill a growth mindset in students by showing them age appropriate activities that help prepare them for kindergarten. Using a scaffolding approach to learning will help children grow their confidence as well as their confidence to take chances and learn new information. When children are willing to take on new challenges with a growth mindset they can accomplish anything they set their mind out to.

  149. Maria gonzalez says:

    I played a summary video on growth mindset vs a growth mindset. We talked about it. After that, and when there is a task, project, etc. And I look at somebody with a confused face, we recall the theme and make the question “what kind of mindset do We have”? (In this class) ….or we are not there ….”yet”

  150. Christopher Zappe says:

    I teach the iterative design cycle in my classes where students are tasked with generating plans, following them, and evaluating the outcome for the next phase of improvements. They hold a “beta testing” fair where they solicit constructive feedback on their prototypes and use it to refine their work into better and better versions.

  151. Meagan Kirvan says:

    Growth mindset allows even the youngest children to keep trying until they succeed.

  152. Meg Hoehn says:

    I always tell students they aren’t good at something YET

  153. kctells says:

    I start the week talking about the importance of mindset, after all, if one does not have the right mindset to begin, how is one to begin?

  154. Marilyn Alonso says:

    I promote a growth mindset on my students by using the motto “Positive Attitude Creates Positive Outcome”. If you come to class with a positive attitude your brain is ready to learn.

  155. Orlinda says:

    Last year was my first year of teaching, I tried to implement growth mind set by helping students better understand mistakes are opportunities to help our mind grow. I notice many of my students giving up on themselves too early. Which I think it brought on by our society, of the “easy way” mindset. We watched some occasional growth mind set video clips, and did positive self affirmations but I want to find ways to better implement growth mind set.

  156. Dorothy Evans says:

    The power of “yet” is so powerful in helping students and myself in our daily rituals and encounters. Having a growth mindset is definitely a tool that can be learned by all.

  157. Alicia Stephens says:

    I am going to work on fostering a growth mindset with my students this year to help improve their resiliency! Learn that when they fall, fall forward!

  158. Lisa McGilloway says:

    We do a Growth Mindset set of lessons as part of teaching Executive Functioning Skills at the beginning of the year and then throughout the year.

  159. mdehler says:

    Encouraging kids to reflect, set goals, and create action plans. Nothing says “growth mindset” like goals and plans!

  160. pilar says:

    As a resource teacher, foster a growth mindset in my class is a priority. We constantly talk about what can we do in order to learn and succeed in things we find difficult, how maybe now we struggle a little bit with somethings but how later on we can achieve that goal by making an effort and working hard. Also we try to work in a collaborative environment, where we build a community were we help each other and we celebrate our differences and similarities in a friendly manner.
    I would love to have all the resources that can help us grow as a team.

  161. Bonnie Buelow says:

    I use read-alouds to reinforce growth mindset.

  162. Lisa Dryden says:

    I follow on Twitter and Facebook.

  163. Lisa Dryden says:

    We are just beginning to cultivate this mindset in our school. So excited to discuss with my staff about ways mindsets will support and influence student learning. I want to have open access to challenges or advanced opportunities and assignments for all students. I want to help the students to gain perseverance, develop resiliency, and most of all grit. I want to support them, and see them support each other with optimal feedback through setting smart goals and understanding the “Power of Yet!” We are going to have a brain bulletin board to understand the brain and how we learn from our mistakes so we can share with rest of the school. 2018/19 year here we come!

  164. Kaye Rainey says:

    Parent engagement is a key to fostering a growth mindset in students. (parenting, communicating, volunteering, learning at home, decision making, community collaboration – Joyce Epstein’s Six Types of Involvement)

  165. Mrs. White says:

    I encourage a growth mindset by letting students know that everyt time you make a mistake in math, you grow a synapse!

  166. Dana DiCamillo says:

    Following on Twitter

  167. Jennifer Ahmed-Morton says:

    Stories and affirmations created by students support my first graders as they develop healthy growth mindsets.

  168. Dana DiCamillo says:

    I am going to teach and foster a growth mindset in my room this year. My students this year come to me from many different countries and have a variety of experiences that they draw from in their learning. Fostering a growth mindset will help them to realize that they can achieve great things and that they are smart despite the fact that they don’t know much English YET. I would love to have more resources to help me and my class grow this year.

  169. Alicia mazzone says:

    I really want to focus on growth mindset this year. I have read so much on it and could benefit on these products to really help me. I work at a school that does not have a great deal of money or resources, and while I don’t mind buying things that are beneficial to my kiddos, it can get costly.

  170. Jan Hastings says:

    As a school coordinator for a public library district, having books like these to share with the school districts within our library district would be awesome.

  171. Vanessa Diggs says:

    We promote the idea at our school that everyone can “get smart” through goal setting and character building. We celebrate students who show grit and determination to when learning new things.

  172. Holly Magcalas says:

    One thing I do is at the beginning of the year make sure that the kiddos see me make mistakes and fix them. I let them know that it’s OK not to know everything because they’re first graders and are learning new things every day!

  173. I have applied the following lesson with high results.
    Creating cultures of contribution
    Purpose — To illustrate how cultures thrive when everyone contributes. A great activity for positively framing a multi-day workshop or the start of a school term.
    Time — 45 mins
    Materials — Provide every participant with a colourful circle (or large post-it note).
    Process — Introduce / revise the Fixed, Growth and Benefit Mindsets. Then, invite participants to reflect on their unique strengths and passions (e.g. character strengths). Next, ask participants to think about an everyday strength or passion they could share with the group for the duration of your time together. Something they believe will make a meaningful difference to the group as a whole. When the participants have something in mind, invite them to write their offer on the top half of the circle and write why they think this offer will bring out the best in the group on the bottom half. Finally, invite participants to pin their co-contributions on the wall to see them as a diverse ecosystem of strengths performing in concert.

  174. Angela Humphrey Brown says:

    I foster a growth mindset by having students set goals for tasks and to evaluate their progress towards meeting the goals they set.

  175. Cesar Roman says:

    These are great resources. I use the PBIS Team Handbook and No Kidding about Bullying and they are a great resource.

  176. Sheila Maguire says:

    Followed on Twitter

  177. Sheila Maguire says:

    Liked on Facebook

  178. Sheila Maguire says:

    Followed on Pinterest

  179. Sheila Maguire says:

    I love growth mindset. As an early childhood trainer, I conduct workshops for teachers and give them many examples of encouraging growth mindset in their students as well as encouraging them to have it for themselves. I would love to use these resources with them!

  180. Jessi Peterson says:

    I think it really helps to listen to what is holding back a student – just the act of being heard and really listened to is far too often not part of many student’s experience.

  181. Theresa Federici says:

    We are creating schoolwide (6-8 grade) lessons on Mindset. This includes videos, activities, and vocabulary word banks with terms. The committee’s hope is that mindset concepts will be embedded across all disciplines. We have also created supporting bulletin boards and parent links.

  182. Becky Nation says:

    I use Makerspaces in my library to show students it’s okay to make mistakes in order to learn. I constantly promote collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity through exploration. Morning challenges are designed to make them think outside the box and rarely do their first attempts work, so I daily get the chance to coach students through tough spots as they learn that they CAN solve problems.

  183. I followed on Pinterest.

  184. Ashley Hirz says:

    Following on Pinterest 🙂

  185. Ashley Hirz says:

    Following on Twitter:)

  186. Nicole W Ribeiro says:

    I also am a school counselor and feel growth mindset is so important. I work with 5th and 6th graders and feel these resources would provide so much for them.

  187. Ashley Hirz says:

    Liked on facebook:)

  188. The Attendance Improvement Program would use this Growth Mindset resource to do lessons and activities in the classrooms with the students. This would serve as a resource to address the socio-emotional needs of our students.

  189. Tanisha O'Neill says:

    Following on Pinterest

  190. Laura Graves says:

    I read books throughout the year that promote a class discussion about areas of growth mindset.

  191. Tanisha O'Neill says:

    Liked on face book

  192. Emily Cooper says:

    I love using real life examples of growth mindsets and talking about pop culture themes!

  193. Tanisha O'Neill says:

    I help foster a growth mindset with my scholars that letting them know that they all are good at something and its ok if its something no one else gets. I encourage them to explore their interests.

  194. Traci Mays says:

    Growth mindset is a key component to thinking about our struggles positively and changing our views from fixed to growth. I can’t wait to do this with my students!

  195. Mia Williams says:

    As a school counselor, I am always trying to help develop a growth mindset with our students. I visit every classroom each month and try to create lessons using books and demonstrations that help students develop a positive mindset. I am constantly trying to learn new and better ways to inspire my students. These resources look amazing and would love to be able to use them to better educate my students.

  196. Ashley Hirz says:

    I love growth mindset. I would love this to help teach my students how to change their mindset and become better kids at be more positive in everything they do!

  197. Dana Werner says:

    I foster a growth mindset by planting a vegetable garden early in spring and we research it until the first frost: weather, math, growth habits, seasonal varieties…

  198. Molly says:

    I think some of the best teaching moments are the conversations that arise out of a teaching moment. Those can be so meaningful and help a student realize not yet.

  199. Karen says:

    I would like to incorporate growth mindset language into my teacher consultation recommendations and behavior support plans for specific students

  200. aimeerandall2013 says:

    I teach my students how our brains work and they understand that in order to get stronger, you must train your brain like a muscle.

  201. Tricia says:

    Growth mindset was taught in individual classrooms in conjunction with the video series through Class Dojo. The kids loved it.

  202. Molly says:

    like on Facebook

  203. Paula Boucher says:

    In this day and age building social emotions skills is key to success in this world

  204. Tami says:

    I utilize bibliotherapy to promote growth mindset in our students. We also use class dojo videos for mindset.

  205. Brigette says:

    Following on Pinterest

  206. Brigette says:

    Liked on Facebook

  207. Brigette says:

    Last year I did lessons on Growth Mindset and created a bulletin board that focused specifically on Mindset. This year we plan to implement even more Growth Mindset strategies school-wide and with the collaboration of teachers, counselors and staff. We plan to make this a way of being and thinking for all.

  208. Jennifer Dodge says:

    I use a lot of positive words and statements. When a student says “can’t,” I add “yet” to their statements. I work in K-21 self-contained but I also push into the general education classroom with my students. It makes it hard when the adults around the students are negative. I tell the students that mistakes happen and when I make a mistake I say, “my brain is growing!”
    Smiles, little hugs and high 5’s helps plus being excited to be with them because there are more people who don’t want anything to do with my population of students. I try to explain as much as possible and to be an open book with all students.

  209. Tanya says:

    ONE of the ways I (as the school counselor) foster a growth mindset in students is to tell them at the beginning of the year – there are things that are going to be hard for you to do this year, you WILL make mistakes this year. Your teacher and I expect and celebrate this, because it means you are trying new things and not just doing things your brain already knows how to do! Normalizing the struggle is an important part of teaching growth mindset.

  210. Madison Sierer says:

    I use the NED Show lesson plans on growth mindset and go into each classroom. The kids really seem to enjoy it and I know the teachers make bulletin boards in their classroom that show examples of a fixed vs. growth mindset.

  211. Tammy Sewell says:

    As a resource teacher, I have to work hard to foster a growth mindset in my room. The students come to me with very little successful experiences and do not want to try. I read books throughout the year to help them understand that everyone has problems that they have to solve and obstacles to overcome. I would love to have this set to add to my collection.

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