“It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.” By Theodore Roosevelt
Over the last few years, the idea of growth mindset has been a popular topic in education and continues to be. Knowing that our brains can change, even as adults is a wonderful thing! According to neuroscientists, the brain is like plastic, it can be reshaped over time, forming new neural pathways and this is called neuroplasticity. The things we do or say more often become wired into our brains as habits. Researchers say it takes around an average of 66 days to form a new habit.
To cultivate a growth mindset within students you can use these questions in you classroom to build new habits.
- What are your goals?
- Are you proud of your completed work; why or why not?
- What did you do today in ____(fill in subject) that made you think really hard?
- What will you do to improve upon this _____ (fill in the blank with story, design etc)
- Who can you seek feedback from to make your _____(fill in the blank with story, design etc) better?
- What mistakes did you make that taught you something new or to do differently?
- What strategy are you going to try?
- What will you do to solve this problem?
- How will you tackle this problem or challenge?
- Did you make good use of your resources?
- How can you do _____(fill in the blank: ex this math problem) differently?
- What will you do to challenge yourself today?
My other blog posts on Growth Mindset:
A site with songs to help students learn and understand the brain: Neuroscience for Kids Songs
I would love to learn more questions that you ask your students to help develop a growth mindset. Please add them in the comment section.