The growth mindset work of Dr. Carol Dweck tells us that our brains are malleable and that we can change how we think about our abilities. We can choose to believe that we can always learn and grow through mistakes (growth mindset) or we can believe that we can’t ever do it right (fixed mindset). Her work has shown that students develop resilience (the ability to adjust, adapt, and make do), perseverance, and self-esteem when they receive support for their process of learning instead of their results of learning. Kindergarten and first grade students are at a stage of learning where this information can be very helpful. In this activity, you can celebrate your students’ process as they explore growth mindset by celebrating the power of “not yet.”
Students listen to the Ooops And Yays song and a story, discuss growth mindset, and play a game to understand it.