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Teaching students to develop a Growth Mindset is tough.
That’s why you’re here. We’re all looking for a quick fix magic solution on how to teach a growth mindset to your students.
Unfortunately, there’s no magic handout or silver lining. You can’t just add the word “yet” to every obstacle and have the sun shining and unicorns singing because you had a fantastic workshop and have some inspirational quotes hanging on the wall. (Believe me, we’ve tried.)
Teaching a growth mindset takes time. And making some epic mistakes along the way.
We’re learning. Just like you. Here’s what we think we know:
We teach in a generation where kids are entitled, self-interested, unfocused, and lazy.
Sound harsh? Actually, Simon Sinek was talking about millennials in the workplace but Deep Patel writes on Forbes Magazine about how Gen Z are different, yet similar. (By the way, Millenials were born 1981-1996, so 22-37 years old, and Gen Z were born 1995-2010, so 8-23 years old.)
We have students who want purpose, who want to make an impact, and yet, don’t experience success right away, so they give up and are not happy.
According to Sinek, these kids grew up with “failed parenting strategies,” but I would argue failed teaching strategies as well. Students were/are told, “You’re special, you can have anything you want in life, and here’s a participation medal for coming in last!”
And yet, students in the real world discover they’re not special, you don’t get anything for coming in last, your mom can’t get you a promotion, and you can’t have it cause you want it.
So, now we have students in the workforce who can be hard working, idealistic, and feel empowered to “make an impact”, and yet don’t have the patience or resilience strategies. As Sinek puts it, they see the goal of “impact” at the summit of the mountain but don’t realize they have to climb a mountain to get there.
Our students are immersed in technology. They’re used to putting filters on things in Instagram and make things sound awesome… when they’re not. So when life gets tough, our students respond to these challenges, by turning back to technology for a dopamine hit, instead of developing resilience strategies.
Students in our classroom are growing up in a world with instant gratification. You can have anything you want instantly… except job satisfaction and strength of relationships.
“The overall journey arduous, and long, and difficult, and if you don’t ask for help and learn that skillset, you will fall off the mountain”Simon Sinek, Organizational Consultant
How do we teach students to communicate? How do we teach kids the social skills that they’re missing out on? How do you build trust? Slow, steady consistency.
If you don’t have your phone… you just enjoy the world. And that’s where ideas happen. Ideas happen when our minds wander. That’s called innovation.
Do we develop these social skills in the classroom?
If Sinek has to argue that companies and industry have the moral responsibility to make up the learning shortfall, then I have to wonder if classrooms adequately prepare students for life after school in the “real world.”
Sinek is calling on industry to help these amazing, idealistic, and fantastic students build confidence, learn patience, learn social skills, and find a better balance between life and technology.
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HOW TO TEACH 21st Century Skills to students: Group Challenge Task Lesson Plan to teach the 6 Cs of Education
This lesson plan package shows you how to teach 21st Century Skills to students. How to co-create rubrics for student and teacher assessment.Read more
Two weeks of lesson plans to teach creativity and innovation to elementary, middle school and high school students in any subject.Read more
Critical thinking lesson plans help students make informed decisions by using strategies: use criteria, be open minded, identify bias, etc.Read more
Communication Lesson Plans for Elementary, Middle, and High School: The BIG list of communication activities for students
The BIG list of communication process activities has effective communication lesson plans for students in elementary, middle and high school.Read more
Collaboration skills and teamwork skills and different things. Teaching collaborative skills lessons/activities help create a Growth Mindset.Read more
Download Entire Lesson English Version THIS IS THE FRENCH VERSION of our GROWTH MINDSET POSTERS: Character perseverance strategies that empower. We have translated our ENGLISH posters so that our French Immersion and Core French colleagues can use them …Read more
GROWTH MINDSET POSTERS PDF: Perseverance Bulletin Board Ideas (including free growth mindset posters)
Growth Mindset Posters PDF provide printable perseverance bulletin board ideas with 40 strategies to overcome daily classroom obstacles.Read more
Good CITIZENSHIP lesson plans: How to be a Good Citizen at school (Equality vs Equity, Diversity debates)
Citizenship lesson plans to help students explore empathy, diversity, and fairness. How to contribute to the communities we belong to.Read more
Character Education Lesson Plans aren’t just for Advisory/Homeroom teachers. Teach your students about Growth Mindsets to build character.Read more
Fun activities and ice breakers to introduce 21st Century Skills / Global Competencies to your students. Explore the 6 Cs of Education!Read more
Exploring the 6 Cs of Education is a great way to kick off the new school year or school term. UNIT BIG IDEA By the end of this unit, students will be able to Understand / Explain the six Cs of Education and Deep Learning (Learning Skills): Character, …Read more