The ideas of this lesson center around the science of neuroplasticity which is a term representing your brain's ability to change over time due to influence of thoughts, behaviors and experiences. This opens up the idea that we can continue to change and grow over time and shift our ideas of "who we are" as people and learners. We can empower students to believe in their own ability to learn and grow.
The concept of a Growth Mindset will be introduced. This describes the belief that intelligence and personality can be developed. People who adopt a growth mindset value learning over looking smart, possess character traits like persistence, grit, and optimism, and view challenges, setbacks, and failures as opportunities for growth.
What will students be Taught during this Lesson?
Students will be read "Your Fantastic Elastic Brain: Stretch It, Shape It! by JoAnn Deak, Ph.D. A video reading is linked below:
Students will also watch a short video about a little monster named Mojo who thinks he's not smart just because something is hard for him. This video is Episode 1 of 5 in a series produced by ClassDojo (ClassDojo.com).