Lesson 4 - Week of September 3
- "The habit of persistence is the habit of victory." - Anonymous
- "Energy and persistence conquer all things." - Benjamin Franklin
Questions for Discussion and/or Journaling:
- How do your parents and/or teachers praise you? Do they tell you how “smart” you are or do they focus on how hard you work? How do you praise others?
- Is there someone in your life (a parent, teacher, friend) with a fixed mindset – someone who won’t take risks, who can’t admit mistakes, who falls apart or gets defensive after setbacks? Do you understand that person better now?
- How do you act toward others in your classes? Are you a fixed-mindset student, focused on being smarter than others? Or, do you take advantage of the learning opportunities available to you through your peers?
- When do you feel smart? When you’re doing something flawlessly or when you’re learning something new?
Grow Your Mindset: How can you make striving, stretching, and struggling into something that makes you feel smart?
- Can you think of a time you faced an important opportunity or challenge with a fixed mindset? What were your thoughts and worries – about your abilities? About other people’s judgments? About the possibility of failure? Describe them vividly.
Grow Your Mindset: Now, can you take that same opportunity or challenge and switch into a growth mindset? Think of it as a chance to learn new things. What are the plans and strategies you’re thinking about now?
- Think of times other people outdid you and you just assumed they were smarter or more talented.
Grow Your Mindset: Now consider the idea that they just used better strategies, taught themselves more, practiced harder, and worked their way through obstacles. You can do that too, if you want to.
- Are there situations where you no longer feel smart – where you disengage your intelligence?
Grow Your Mindset: Next time you’re in one of those situations, get yourself into a growth mindset – think about learning and improvement, not judgment – and engage your intelligence again.
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