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