Growth mindsets: Learning to walk

As a class, record and reflect on skills and activities that students have mastered, but that had taken time, effort and patience to achieve. 

Year Level



5 minutes


  • In class activity
  • Online learning

SEL Competencies

  • Self-awareness
  • Self-management
  • Social awareness

Learning Intention

To demonstrate to students that certain skills may take time and effort to acquire, but that it is possible to master them if they persevere.

Key Outcomes

By the end of the lesson, students will be able to:

  • reflect on skills they have mastered
  • identify the process involved in acquiring those skills.
activity 01

Instructions 5 min

  1. Ask students what was required to be able to learn the skill of walking? Answers could include: practice, perseverance, determination, perhaps a few knocks, encouragement, time, etc.
  2. Ask students to list skills they have already mastered in their lifetime through hard work and practice. These could include tying their shoelaces, learning to speak, riding a bike, learning to play a musical instrument, playing a new sport, learning a different language, etc.


Highlight to students that fear of failure shouldn’t hold them back and that things worth mastering take time and effort.