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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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Effective communication lesson plans help teachers provide effective communication strategies to elementary, middle school, and high school students. We need to provide our children and students with 21st-century transferable learning skills to cope wi …Read more
Collaboration skills and Teamwork skills are often used interchangeably, but they’re not the same thing! I used to think (and tell my students) that collaboration skills meant the same thing as teamwork skills and group work skills, but now that I’ve d …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
Version Française Growth Mindset Posters (PDF) should SHOW students HOW to develop a Growth Mindset Teachers love finding perseverance bulletin board ideas or putting up Growth Mindset Posters (PDF) up on the classroom walls to help inspire students to …Read more
Good Citizenship Lesson Plans: How to be a good citizen at school Teachers need Good Citizenship lesson plans – as in, we need to help prepare our students to be good, successful contributing members of society. (Although our good citizenship lesson pl …Read more
Character education lesson plans are not just for those of us who teach life skills, advisory, or homeroom. Character building should be a part of every elementary, middle school, or high school classroom. Sure, teachers have a knowledge-based curricul …Read more
This lesson is a great way to introduce the Six Cs learning skills to your students and to set a tone for a year of growth mindset and character education: The Six Cs are a bunch of transferable skills that you can use at school, at home, at a job… pre …Read more
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, Citizenship, Collaboration, Communication, Creativity, and Critical Thinking. Analyze the simil …Read more