Students learn to rephrase negative statements into positive thoughts to encourage a growth mindset.
- To highlight to students that the language we use can encourage a growth mindset.
By the end of the lesson, students will be able to:
- utilise positive language to encourage a growth mindset
- recognise the importance of language in developing a growth mindset.
Instructions 5 min
- Explain to students the power of language in encouraging a growth mindset and achieving goals.
The teacher makes two columns on the whiteboard:
Column 1: ‘Things I may say to myself…’
Column 2: ‘Things I will say to myself…’
The following are some suggestions for statements that you can write in column 1:
- ‘I can’t do it.’
- ‘This is too hard.’
- ‘I’m just going to fail. Why bother?’
- ‘I’m not smart/fast/strong enough.’
- ‘I give up.’
- ‘That’s good enough.’
- Ask students to offer alternative statements that are more encouraging and facilitate motivation to learn skills and achieve goals.
Students feed back their suggestions to the class.
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