Goal: By the end of this class, you will be able to:

  1. explain the difference between growth and fixed mindsets
  2. distinguish between examples of growth and fixed mindsets
  3. understand everyone is born to learn and we’re all at different place in our learning

Essential Questions:

  1. How do we learn new things?
  2. Why is having a growth mindset valuable to learning?
  3. How does understanding fixed and growth mindset help us meet our goals?


  1. Record your answers in your Google Doc for this class:self assessment
  2. Evaluate your results.
  3. Define Fixed Mindset
  4. Define Growth Mindset
  5. Using sticky notes, write down at least 3-5 examples of fixed-mindset and growth-mindset statements, actions, and behaviors you encounter in your daily lives. Write each example on a sticky note.
  6. Growth Mindset Video
  7. Categorize the fixed- and growth-mindset sticky note examples you wrote into 4 categories. A fixed-mindset example might be: “I’m not good enough to make the basketball team, so I won’t try.” (Extracurricular Activities); “I’m not really a math person.” (School); “She lied to me, so I’ll never trust her again.” (Relationships); “If I don’t know how to do something at work, I ask my boss to show me.” (Work/Chores)
  8. Get with a partner & sort cards–get the cards from your teacher. For each fixed mindset statement, think of a growth mindset statement to replace it. For example, instead of “I’m not good at this” say “I need more practice at this”.
  9. In your Google Doc for this class, journal about a specific action you will take toward building your growth mindset. If you have a difficult time, think of a specific goal you would like to achieve, setbacks you may encounter, and ways you will work to overcome failures.
  10. Understand that in all of your classes each student is on their own journey. Some are learning academic skills, some are working toward social goals, and still others are developing additional ways to challenge themselves.
  11. Brainstorm a list of growth-oriented classrooms rules, expectations, and guidelines. What will help you to develop your growth mindset and encourage it in others in my class? Examples: Don’t laugh when someone makes a mistake. Remember everyone can learn. Try a different strategy if you don’t get something the first time. Don’t be afraid to ask each other for help, etc.
  12. Growth Mindset Introduction: What It Is, How It Works, and Why It Is Important