Math Journal Sundays - Growth Mindset in Math
We did a lot of lesson on growth mindset at the beginning of the year, and we've been continuing to discuss it, but I wanted the students to have a tangible reminder of it ... in their math journals ... where they can flip to it whenever I (or they) think they need the reminder.
For this entry we didn't have a learning goal straight out of the curriculum - instead, we came up with more of a definition of what growth mindset looks like in the math classroom. We discussed what we already knew about growth mindset - and some of the students were surprised that saying, "I'm already good at this ..." or something along those lines was an example of fixed mindset. Many of them thought that only negative phrases showed fixed mindset. We talked about how thinking you're already good at something may keep you from continuing to work harder at it and looking for ways to improve. Light bulb moment.
For our journal entry, we made a foldable tool of a brain. On the top flaps we left the fixed mindset side in black and white and colored the growth mindset side to make it more appealing - what we would want. Under the top flaps we wrote phrases that correspond with each of the mindsets. After we came up with a fixed mindset phrase, we talked about how we could turn it around to show growth mindset. Again, we used black for the fixed mindset phrases and color for the growth mindset phrases.
If you're interested, you can take a peek at this lesson in my TpT store by clicking HERE or on any of the pictures in this blog post.