Growth mindsets

Students explore the concepts of growth and fixed mindsets and the impact these can have on managing stress.

Year Level




60 minutes


  • In class activity

SEL Competencies

  • Self-awareness
  • Self-management

Learning Intention

Students are introduced to the concept of growth mindsets and understand that they can take control of their attitude towards study and high school as a learning experience.

Key Outcomes

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

  • understand the difference between a fixed and a growth mindset
  • reframe their thoughts from a fixed to a growth mindset.

Mindsets discussion 15 min

  1. Access the ReachOut Schools article 'Mindsets'.
  2. Explain to students:
    • A mindset is a series of self-perceptions or beliefs that people hold about themselves.
    • Mindsets determine the person’s behaviour, outlook and mental attitude.
  3. Class discussion: What is the difference between a fixed and a growth mindset? Prompting questions:
    • What does ‘fixed’ mean?
    • What does ‘growth’ mean?
    • How does our attitude affect our learning?

A growth mindset is one where a person’s self-belief is that they can develop abilities through dedication and hard work, and through adopting a ‘learn at all costs’ attitude. Success is seen as being due to 35 per cent ability and 65 per cent effort.

A fixed mindset is one where a person believes that traits such as intelligence and talent are set at birth. A person with a fixed mindset lets failure or success define them. Success is seen as being due to 65 per cent ability and 35 per cent effort.