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Growth Mindset

A poster that offers contrasting concepts to develop a positive mindset of growth versus a fixed mindset as theorized by Phsycologist, Carol Dweck.

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An SEL Smorgasbord

Today I'm energized because I've been working on my keynote and breakout session for my trip to Indiana next week. I've been invited to work with and grow alongside their school counselors, who've chosen the Starfish Thrower as their conference theme; the amazing Julie Woodard created this Sketchnote from things that I learned from my Starfish through the years. What I find as I craft these growth sessions is that our work, and life really, is all about relationships. Truly. That's it. It's about how we treat people. Not that that's easy. At all. But once we have established our why, our what and our how can fall in place more handily. For sure. Last week when I was asked to pitch a proposal for Region 5 in Beaumont, I found myself thinking of all things SEL. Here's what I came up with: A School Counselor's SEL Smorgasbord: If you're looking for a day-long growth session that will fortify what's already on your plate with engagement and empowerment strategies that you can use in your character building as soon as you get back, then this interactive, high-energy workshop is for you. Prepare to be positively inspired and intentionally moved by the wisdom, enthusiasm, and joy that veteran school counselor Barbara Gruener brings to a room. Soar on in to stretch and grow with this passionate life coach, mentor, and author in the areas of mindset, emotional regulation, character development, mindfulness and self-care. Cape up and unleash the power within with us. There will be an elementary day and a secondary day; won't it be fun to plan for those sessions? Then it got me to thinking that you, my dear reader, may want to grab a plate and jump in line at the SEL Smorgasbord. First, my friend Houston Kraft wrote this epic piece on building emotional vocabularies and elevating empathy. What a promising practice, to invite students to mark the spot on the emotions chart that aligns with how they're feeling that day. Imagine how your teaching might change, transform even, with this insightful information. Next, today's Character Speaks episode featuring Canadian kindergarten teacher Laurie McIntosh will blow you away. I have listened three times and each time don't want the interview to stop. I especially connected with the part where Laurie battles fear and uncertainty with kindness, an incredible antidote for anxiety. Then, as a part of the ongoing Friendswood ISD SEL movement, high school students are producing student-led PSAs; I'm so proud of my former student, Elizabeth, and everyone who helped bring this goodness to life. For the FISD comprehensive list of SEL resources, click {here}. Check out my SEL Pinterest Board {here}. Visit the Zen Zone at Quincy Elementary for a mindful moment. Next, my Twitter friend Kristin Wiens creates {and then makes them available at no cost} these incredible Sketches {here}. Talk about the generosity of walking the talk. It's goodness in motion, for sure. Speaking of goodness in motion, have you seen this clip featuring Andrew Sokatch from the Character Lab and his bicycle metaphor? Their statistic about only teaching content meaning only reaching 30-50% of a child's needs reminds me of this Liberty insurance commercial in which your insurance will only fix a portion of your total-loss car: "What are you supposed to do, drive three quarters of a car?" Newsela just launched an SEL component to help teachers organically teach relevant topics while simultaneously covering curriculum requirements. The topics cover self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship building and responsible decision making-all designed for targeted age groups from K-12 and available as a free and a for-purchase option. Finally, for our learners in the upper grades, check out this title from our friends at Free Spirit Publishing. So many stellar supports on our SEL smorgasbord; what's a go-to favorite on your plate to help your students thrive?

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Growth Mindset Activities

Looking for back to school Growth Mindset activities? I have compiled my very favorite Growth Mindset activities and read alouds for you to use for back to school or anytime during the school year!

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5 Mindset Strategies For Success And Prosperity

Learn 5 key mindset strategies for success so that you can succeed both in life and your career (and enjoy your achievements).

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How to Teach Growth Mindset to Kids (The 4-Week Guide)

We ALL have beliefs about ourselves and the world around us. How we understand and react to that world depends on our mindset. Discovered by psychologist Dr. Carol Dweck, mindset refers to the way we look at our abilities and intelligence as qualities we can change and grow. Mindset shapes our everyday lives, helping us interpret our experiences and future possibilities.

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Growth Mindset Notes from the Teacher Encouragement Digital Stickers Option

These digital stickers growth mindset notes now include THREE OPTIONS... a printable version, a Google Slides™ version, and a digital stickers version (saved as PNG files). Please refer to the final 8 pages of the file for digital instructions and links! You will download a ZIPPED file to access a...

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How to Teach Growth Mindset with The Dot — Carly and Adam

"I can’t do it." "This is too hard." "I’m just not good at math." We are sure you’ve probably heard your students (and other adults) say these things. Perhaps you can even recall saying something similar to yourself at one point in time. These are

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Growth Mindset Activities - Beautiful Oops

These growth mindset activities will help your students understand that they can learn and grow from their mistakes. Students will get to practice making something beautiful out of an "oops!" These activities are based off of the book "Beautiful Oops!" by Barney Saltzberg, however you do not need t...

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Strategies to Develop a Growth Mindset

Five tips based on our mindset workshop that will help you foster a growth mindset culture at your school with metacognition, resilience & motivation.

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How to Explain Growth Mindset to Kids: Neuroplasticity Activities

Neuroplasticity is the science behind growth mindset. When kids understand neuroplasticity, their perception of their own abilities changes. It becomes much easier for them to understand growth mindset and embrace mistakes, obstacles, and challenges. In this article, we’ll provide helpful resources and activities to teach your children or students about their brains ability to grow and change.

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