Students work collaboratively on a difficult exercise and reflect on their learning process.
- Students reflect on the learning process by undertaking challenging tasks.
By the end of the lesson, students will understand that:
- practising a growth mindset will assist in learning
- working in a group can assist the development of a growth mindset.
Group work: Facing challenges together 50 min
Divide the class into groups of four. Ask students to allocate each of the following roles within their group:
- Performer: works on the task for a four-minute time frame.
- Observer/recorder: records what the performer is doing/saying while completing the task.
- Timekeeper: keeps to the four-minute time frame for each task, offering a one-minute warning when the time is nearly up.
- Coach: gives the performer feedback and coaching throughout the task.
- Set a task for the class to complete – for example, throwing beanbags into a hoop from a challenging distance, completing a puzzle, shooting into a netball goal.
- Ask the groups to complete the task by rotating roles. The coach must use different language each time they work with the performer.
- Growth mindset: You just need to aim to the left. That’s it, you’ll get the next one.
- Positive: You’re so good at that. Excellent work.
- Negative: That’s hopeless. How could you miss?
- Apathetic (lazy): Nice. Good try.
- Once each student has had a turn, ask them to reflect on how the different language used by the coach made them feel. Questions:
- How did you feel during the task?
- What did you say to yourself as you did the puzzle?
- What mistakes did you make?
- What impact did the coach have on your performance?
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