The fifth and sixth graders in Ms. Flanary’s Title I class at Ryan Academy are reading books related to Growth Mindset. Following are some of the books they read:
- The Worst Day of My Life Ever!
- Teamwork Isn’t My Thing, and I Don’t Like to Share!
- Not Yet
- Your Fantastic Elastic Brain
- Interrupting Chicken
- Thanks for the Feedback
Ms. Flanary and the students made a classroom exhibit of reflections to improve mindfulness. It centered around questions students could ask themselves as they read growth mindset books. The questions were displayed on a board. Students used sticky notes throughout the week to post their suggestions to each other for positive strategies.
First Growth Mindset Question
Answers by Students to Question 1
- I can say, “I will do it. I won’t give up!” I always will try again. If I get a bad grade I won’t be upset because my brain expands. Also I will do my strategies.
- Always ask for help when you need it. You can’t always have it your way when you don’t understand always stay on task and focus
- Instead of saying I can’t do this try to believe in yourself and say I can do it.
- When I have a hard time doing long division I can look on the side of my desk and go over the steps.
Answers by Students to Question 2
- Go outside and walk more, work harder.
- When someone gives you a nice compliment, think before you speak and say, “Nice complement.” Say “thank you” because feedback is information.
- I will always listen and follow instructions. I will listen to people and follow their instructions. I won’t speak when someone else is. I will share and be a team player because when you work together work gets done.
- I will not get stressed over a bad grade. I will get better at paying attention to say I will do it.
Answers by Students to Question 3
- I can’t do multiplication yet. I can’t divide longly yet. I can’t skateboard yet. But I will try try again.
- One thing is to try to earn money. I did this in the past and I want to do it again but I can’t right now due to covid-19.
Additionally, these students created books about growing their mindsets. They displayed these books in their classroom.