Teaching our youngest learners that they can grow their brains is a must. I can hardly imagine a better resource than A Mindset for Learning by Kristine Mraz and Christine Hertz.
After a discussion of what they noticed and learned, we were ready to define optimism. I used the definition and visual given in A Mindset for Learning. We then shared personal stories of optimism.
It was then the perfect time to create our Can poster, a project I've been doing for a few years now. Look here.
Throughout the week, we also read Elephants Cannot Dance by Mo Willems and The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss. "Kiddos, let's look for evidence of optimism in this book today."
We also took on the chain challenge. Check it out here. It certainly requires optimism.
Later in the week we used interactive writing to create an optimism crown that's great for celebrating those who are growing their brains.
I'm looking forward to practicing flexibility next week. Let's grow some brains!
P.S. I published a book for teachers! Look here to check it out.