Growth Mindset with Giraffes Can't Dance

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

I'm is back in session so that means that ~ ~ ~  Wait for it Wednesday is B -A - C - K!!!

is back!!!  I'm so happy to be back to my weekly series here to share tips, tricks, successes and even failures with you.  Please tune in every Wednesday during the school year to see what my third graders are up to.

I love teaching on growth mindset to get the year off on the right foot and then refer back to it like for the rest of the year.  There are so many amazing picture books that are perfect to use for growth mindset but of course I had to choose a giraffe one to match my theme this year.
So, Giraffes Can't Dance it was and it did not disappoint.  I created a resource to go with the book and my students did a great job on it!

We talked about what growth mindset is and how we can apply it in our lives and then I read the book.  The activity I created to go with the book lended itself to lots of small group discussions on what talents the kids had and what they wanted to improve upon. 
I had them think of something they were good at and write a little about that, then I had them think of something they wanted to become better at as well.  They had to write what they wanted to become better at - BUT they had to include a couple sentences on HOW they were going to become better at it.  They created a game plan on what they could do to become better with growth mindset at the forefront of their mind.
It was interesting to walk around and see what they wrote AND the best part...  it allowed me to get to know my students better because I was finding out what they were good at and what they wanted to become better at too.  It was a wonderful get to know you, first week activity.  ( click picture if you are interested in this pack )

Teaching growth mindset with Giraffes Can't Dance

Here is a link on Pinterest that has lots more picture book ideas for teaching on growth mindset.

I'd love to hear how you use or teach growth mindset in your classroom!  
Happy back to school, xoxo

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