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Mindset Works® is excited to announce that we have created another new group activity designed to help students practice, learn, and reinforce growth mindset concepts in a fun and interactive way: the Mindset Works Bingo Game! And best of all, it’s free!
In the “Mindset Works Bingo” game, students review core concepts and ideas straight from the Brainology student curriculum. In groups, pairs or individually, students test their understanding of the growth mindset, how the brain works and learns, and effective study strategies. (Grades 4-12.)
You can find our previous free downloadable games HERE (“Brainology Hot Potato” and “Brainology Popcorn”)
We hope you'll enjoy the brain-games. If you try them, let us know how it went and how your students liked them.
Located in the heart of Brooklyn, New York, Lenox Academy offers an academically accelerated program for middle school students in grades 6 through 8. Yet, while the overwhelming majority of our students exceed New York State standards in English Language Arts and Mathematics, a deeper analysis reveals a disturbing trend. We discovered that as the curriculum became more challenging over the course of middle school, many of our high-achieving students retreated from putting forth effort. The result was that academic performance actually declined over the three years for a large number of our students.
Reading about the work of Dr. Carol Dweck and her team at Mindset Works, we were able to more clearly understand the nature of our dilemma. Students who retreated from putting forth effort, we now realized, were exhibiting the characteristic fixed mindset. These were students who, for the better part of their young lives, had been praised for intelligence based on their performance in school and on NY State standardized exams. Acceptance into Lenox Academy brought more praise for intelligence—but when the accelerated curriculum began to present the kinds of challenges they had not previously encountered, they retreated.
"Mindset opened my eyes to the possibilities in education to be systematic in creating real change for human beings." -Emily Diehl
Based on Silver’s new book, Fall Down 7 Times, Get Up 8: Teaching Kids to Succeed http://www.sagepub.com/books/Book236799/features
Sometimes when I present workshops on mindsets I like to start with a demonstration that relates to the audience. We either role-play a situation or I read a scenario I want them to react to. Here’s one I recently used with music teachers.
Scenario: Choir Try-outs
Kyra’s music teacher is listening to individual students sing a short solo piece so that she can decide if and where each might fit in with her choir. Kyra begins by telling her teacher she has never sung in public before, but people tell her she is a pretty good singer. Her performance is impressive. She makes a few errors, but she belts out a simple version of Madonna’s “Material Girl” that is on-key and energetic. The music teacher rushes to Kyra, hugs her, and proclaims, “Class, today you have witnessed one of the best auditions I have ever seen. Wow! Kyra, you certainly have a natural gift for singing! You are definitely going to have the number one spot in choir this year. You may take us all the way to the state competition. You have incredible talent!”
The music teacher suddenly realizes every other student is staring at her. She smiles sweetly and asks, “Okay, who wants to sing next?”
My audience usually bursts into laughter as they realize that probably no one will open their mouths after the effusive praise just heaped upon Kyra. And who could blame them?