It’s not IQ scores behind your students’ success, and it’s not their socioeconomic background either. The biggest measure for success is resilience, perseverance, and grit. In other words, a growth mindset.
If you need help teaching a growth mindset, join my free 30 minute training on “How to Teach a Growth Mindset”. After that, you’re only 5 Days away from lasting change in your students and yourself using a growth mindset as a foundation for all you do in your classroom.
I’ve spent years tweaking and experimenting using a growth mindset in my classroom for authentic success. Heck, I still consider my classroom a “learning laboratory” for all things growth. The absolute quickest way to implementing a successful AND authentic growth mindset classroom is to take on my “5 Day Challenge” approach below!
Day One. Make a plan that works for you. Think about how you want to implement a growth mindset into your specific type of classroom, whether you’re a kindergarten teacher, middle school math teacher, or honors History. Think “How”. That’s all for this first day. The what is a growth mindset, the why is to grow and motivate your students, and this is the how.
Day Two. Discover your resources. For me, day two is the most fun day. It’s the day you get to find all the growth mindset resources you want to use. Whether it’s motivational close reads, writing prompts, whole group lessons, exit tickets, centers, or inspirational videos, it’s time to find what you want to use in your classroom.
Find the resources, download them, and put them in a file labeled growth mindset on your desktop. That’s it for today.
Day Three. Print and copy. It seems simplistic but it’s one less step you’ll need to do on day four or day two. (You need your decision making power on those days). But on day three, just print, send it off to the copy room, or make your copies. Then leave the copies for the next day.
Day Four. Organize your copies and masters. Make stacks of copies for your students and your masters, and organize them into categories. For example, I use centers, exit tickets, goal setting sheets, writing prompts, and close reads. Put each into a stack with sticky notes on top. Put your masters with files labeled appropriately—or recycle them because you have a digital file on your computer.
Day Five. Integrate everything into your plan book. This is THE most important step. You’re going to create a pacing guide for a growth mindset in your classroom. Put notes through your plan book calendar year where you want to add an exit ticket, bell ringer, or inspirational video. As you turn to your plan book 2 weeks, 12 weeks, or 6 months from now, you’ll have a continual reminder to use those resources.
Now you have a growth mindset pacing guide. Who else has that? (Answer: not most other teachers. Honestly, what undermines most often is the failure to use these valuable resources throughout the year. . .a pacing guide solves that!)
It’s not about IQ or background, it’s all about grit and perseverance. If our students can do it, so can we. At the end of the year looking back, what would you want for you and your kiddos? I know you would want the best year of learning, growth, and lasting change you could possibility give them.
Call it a 5 Day Challenge or whatever you want to call it to motivate you. But whatever you call it, you’ll feel inspired to create a culture of success in your classroom!