Often, it's difficult to see mistakes and failures as opportunities to grow! In this lesson, students will practice having a growth mindset and looking at mistakes as opportunities to learn. They'll consider how challenges grow their brain.
Students will be able to use growth mindset techniques and identify mistakes as opportunities to grow and learn.
Join students together in a circle, seated on the rug or in chairs.
Invite them to think about a time they made a mistake in school.
As they think about this time, have them notice how they feel in their body.
Ask students to share the feelings that come up for them (e.g., disappointed, mad, discouraged).
Tell them to take a few breaths, and have them repeat the following statement after you: "This mistake will help me learn and grow."
Ask students to turn to a partner and share a time when they made a mistake, while also thinking about how that mistake helped them learn and grow.
Model for the class by sharing an example from your own life. (For example, you might share about learning a new skill. Perhaps you were trying yoga for the first time, and you fell in a balancing pose. However, falling actually helped you learn more about your body and how to balance.)
After all of the students share an anecdote with their partners, ask them to think about what this mistake showed them.
Ask the class, "Were you able to learn and improve after you made the mistake?" Take 2–4 comments.
Build upon their responses, and mention that we usually remember more after correcting our mistakes.
Explain that the next time they think about or look at a mistake, they should say, "Mistakes help me learn and grow."
Share that when they can see and understand their mistakes in this way, it is called having a "growth mindset."