Rephrasing for a growth mindset

Students learn to rephrase negative statements into positive thoughts to encourage a growth mindset.

Year Level



5 minutes


  • In class activity
  • Online learning

SEL Competencies

  • Self-awareness
  • Self-management
  • Social awareness

Learning Intention

To highlight to students that the language we use can encourage a growth mindset.

Key Outcomes

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.
Activity 01

Instructions 5 min

  1. Explain to students the power of language in encouraging a growth mindset and achieving goals.
  2. 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.’
  3. 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.