“Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed no hope at all.” By Dale Carnegie
The beginning of the year is a great time to introduce the idea of having a growth mindset to your classroom. I complied a list of 20 great growth mindset themed books that you can put in your classroom libraries and have for read alouds.
Ada Twist, Scientist, Rosie Revere, Engineer and Iggy Peck, Architect by Andrea Beaty
Not a Box and Not a Stick by Antoinette Portis
Salt in His Shoes by
Stuck by Oliver Jeffers
Violet the Pilot by Steve Breen
Your Fantastic Elastic Brain Stretch It, Shape It by
What Do You Do With a Problem? and What Do You Do With an Idea? by
The Most Magnificent Thing by
The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt
Beautiful Oops! by
The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes by Mark Pett
Thank You Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco
The Dot, Ish, Going Places by Peter Reynolds
Other growth mindset blog posts I have written:
Musing on Mindset
Tools to Help Students Build a Growth Mindset
I am always looking for more great growth mindset themed books to add to my library so please share in the comments.
“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” By Thomas A. Edison
Growth Mindset = the belief that intelligence can be developed. Helping students build growth mindset helps motivate students and improves student achievement. So how can we build growth mindsets in the classroom? Below are five ways and a toolkit of resources to also help.
- Teach students about the malleability of the brain and how it works. For example: The brain is a muscle. Also see Brainology® infomation below.
- Give authentic feedback (also known as process praise) verse praise. For example: You completed that project well vs you are smart.
- Value mistakes! Did you know…our brain is more active when we make mistakes.
- Change our language. For example: Adding ‘yet’ to our words. – I am not good at fractions. vs I am not good at fractions yet.
- Purposeful and meaningful learning that is relevant.
- Pointless = de-motivating & frustrating
- Meaningful = motivating & energizing
Perts Mindset Toolkit and Perts Mindset Meter
Mindset Works – Especially the Brainology®
The Power of Believing That You Can Improve
How Mistakes Make You Smarter
You Can Learn Anything
Kid President Videos
Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change By Stephen R. Covey
Daniel Pink’s Books
Six ways to teach growth mindset from day one of school
Growth Mindset: How to Normalize Mistake Making and Struggle in Class
Mindsets and Student Agency
If you have any resources to share to help educators build growth mindset, please share them in the comments.
“True philanthropy requires a disruptive mindset, innovative thinking and a philosophy driven by entrepreneurial insights and creative opportunities.” By Naveen Jain
This weekend I finished the book Mindset by Carol Dweck. I believe this is a must read for all educational leaders as the concept – moving from a fixed mindset to a growth mindset – is a way of building students to be self-directed life long learners. With that being said, I don’t think it should be a ‘summer read’ or book study for an entire staff.
I think the concept of mindset should be taught to all educators but using a variety or resources and through modeling. These resources below I have found have helped educators and their students move from a fixed to growth mindset. I showed this video, Hackschooling Makes me Happy, to my students and it made for an excellent argumentative writing prompt, debate and teachable moment.
Carol Dweck on Struggle
Famous Failures (Helps Students See Famous People Struggle too)
Even Geniuses Work Hard
Creating a Growth Mindset in Your Students
RSA Animate – Changing Education Paradigms
The Science of Character: Developing Positive Learning Traits
Studies Offer Practical Ways to Bring ‘Growth Mindset’ Research to Schools
Extreme Mindset Makeover: How to Remodel Your Thoughts
Mindset Works: Student Motivation through a Growth Mindset
It has been said by Jeff Raikes, CEO, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation that, “Growth Mindset is a key to closing the achievement gap.” I would love to hear any ideas/resources etc that you have used in your classroom or with your staff to help them with their mindset.