4th- Growth Mindset. We talked about how the brain works and how we can grow and stretch our brains by trying things that are hard for us and not giving up! We read Your Fantastic Elastic Brain and did a hard activity to practice working together and persevering when tasks are difficult.
3rd- Diversity. We talked about some vocabulary: prejudice, discrimination, and culture. We read Children Around the World and discussed things that we have in common with kids from different places. We filled out a "Me and My Family" worksheet with information about us and if there was time, students shared with each other how THEY are similar and different. We focused on understanding that it is okay to be different and disagree, but never okay to be disrespectful.
2nd- Growth Mindset. Students thought about their strengths and areas for growth. We discussed how there are lots of things we aren't good at YET--that's why they go to school and learn. We talked about how making mistakes means you are trying and learning and that is GOOD!! We read The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes and talked about the things she missed out on by thinking she had to be perfect. When she changed her mindset she was much happier.
1st-Growth Mindset. We talked about the difference between fixed and growth mindset. When our mindset is fixed we think we can't do it. When we have a growth mindset we know that we can't do it YET, but that we can if we stick with it and try hard! We read When Sophie Thinks She Can't... and discussed the book. We practiced changing our mindset!
K- Problem Solving. We reviewed problem solving steps- STOP, THINK, ACT, REVIEW and read What Should Danny Do? again. This time we had him make choices that made the problem bigger, not smaller to see how his day would turn out. When Danny made positive choices, he was happy and good things happened in his day. When he made poor choices, his day turned out sad.