Lesson 1-- Growth Mindset Presented the research by Dr. Carol Dweck, Stanford University professor of psychology, describes that intelligence can be developed Dr. Dweck coined the term - Growth Mindset - all students can achieve at higher levels with effort, perseverance, and resiliency. Learners with a growth mindset believe that they can grow their intelligence with hard work. Discussed why each member was invited...parents, teachers, or school counselor (me) thought they had so much more potential! Brainstormed good rules to follow in our group. We watched Ormie the Pig and talked about perseverance and goal setting. www.youtube.com/watch?v=EUm-vAOmV1o
Lesson 2--Guess Box A silver box was in my office and students did not know the contents of the box. Students must determine what was in the box by asking only questions that can be answered with a yes or a no. Clues for our first item was something you might find outside, it could be edible....the group members guessed and determined the Item was was a small plant. We discussed how we grow in learning. Students took the Growth Mindset Pretest.
Lesson 3 --Concept Placemats Making connections, seeing relationships between items of information and defining a concept from them. Students have a paper placemat with images. The students are to find a pair of objects with a common concept. Then they find three things that are the same in some way. Then we looked for things that are the same with all images.
Lessons 4 & 5 & 6--Class Dojo Growth Mindset Series: Your Brain is Like a Muscle; The Magic of Mistakes; The Incredible Power of Yet; The Mysterious World of Neurons; Mojo Puts It Together (working through a setback)
Lesson 7--Star Wars Clip Luke and Yoda The group watched the clip when Yoda is training Luke and discussed: What did Yoda want Luke to do? Why wasn’t Luke successful? (his attitude said that he couldn’t do it.) What was Yoda’s belief? We also discussed: Obviously this movie is a fantasy--does it remind you of real life? Have you ever had an attitude that showed a growth mindset about a challenge? How did your attitude or mindset help you? What would you say to a peer that says: “Well, I’m just no good at science?” or “I could never become a great basketball player.” or “I’m just a really shy person so I’m not going to ever be brave. ” Lesson 8--Review We reviewed our lessons and took the Growth Mindset Pretest. Discussed changes that will happen in middle school and how we can use what we learned and studied to handle challenges that we might encounter.