Saturday, September 16, 2017

Brain Growers: Resilience

I'm back with another view of growth mindset in my classroom based on the book A Mindset for Learning. This week we learned about resilience. (We've already learned about optimism and flexibility. You can read about those here on my blog.)

Day 1
We watched this video. The kids loved it, and it was a great example of resilience. After the video, we learned the definition of resilience, and kids told stories of their own resilience.

Day 2
We read Everyone Can Learn to Ride a Bicycle. The kids were asked to find resilience in the book.

Day 3
We read The Most Magnificent Thing. Then the kids worked in partners and used dominoes to practice resilience. 

Day 4
We read Little Owl Lost. We also created a chart to house future resilient stories on post-its notes.

Day 5
We read What To Do With a Problem and created our resilient crown.

I think this stuff is sinking in. It's a process and there are ups and downs, but I'm feeling good about what I'm depositing into their lives.

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  1. I love that you're teaching them this word and the concept of bouncing forward into a new normal through setbacks and disappointments! Our students are learning the same thing in Texas as we recover from the hurricane. Carol Dweck suggests that we name and claim the fixed mindsets that threaten our resilience so that we can persevere and get grittier. You continue to amaze and inspire me!

  2. Thank you for sharing all of your lessons and ideas for growth mindset. I truly appreciate you taking the time to write it all down. I can add one little idea to your resilience. I happened upon the Franklin Rides a Bike video on youtube and it is a perfect springboard for the discussion of not giving up. Have a great day!