Growth Mindsets in Middle School
Middle School has had a big focus this semester on teaching students about growth mindsets, and that we can grow and strengthen our brain; like a muscle, it can be trained.
After doing some different activities in the classroom to teach students about the difference between a growth mindset and a fixed mindset, Mrs Hanson decided to set her class an optional challenge to see if they could grow and strengthen their brain. The challenge was to learn to juggle.
The aim was to show the students that if they hold a growth mindset, their intelligence can be developed. The students met with Mrs Hanson recess and lunch two days a week and practised. We also watched YouTube clips about juggling for beginners.
Most students were excited about embracing the challenge, but when some students became discouraged, they gave up; others kept persisting. The ones who persisted knew they needed to put in effort to grow and master juggling; even those who have not yet achieved the challenge, are still practising and persevering.
I am so proud of these students for showing a growth mindset. They:
embraced the challenge
persisted despite the obstacles
put in effort
learnt from criticism
were inspired when Bodie Peksis and Yhoden Gyamfi were the first ones to meet the challenge.
Be transformed by the renewing of our minds Romans 12:2
Do you want to be all that God created you to be and do all that he fashioned for you to do? Then we need to think God’s way about ourselves. How many times have you thought well, this is the way I’ve always been and I can’t change. Not true. It’s your attitude not your DNA that determines much of the quality of your life.
As we consciously direct our thinking, we can wire out toxic patterns of thinking and replace them with healthy thoughts. What unhealthy thoughts do you have about yourself as a learner? You can replace them with healthy thoughts. We have to be willing to embrace challenges, persist despite the obstacles, put in effort, learn from criticism and be inspired by other’s success. This I believe is something we need to ask God to help us to apply every day. We need to align our self-image with what God says about us. We can choose to renew our minds. We can have a growth mindset.
‘Switch on your Brain’ Dr Caroline Leaf
Mrs Kirsten Hanson
Teacher – 6BH