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Teacher Resources: Growth Mindset

Class Dojo offers many growth mindset videos. They are available on their website and on YouTube.

The Pep Talk videos from Kid President are a must!

He has also created a new one on problem-solving and engineering skills:


And the original presentation by Carol Dweck, who was the researcher who coined "growth mindset."


This Famous Failures video is one great way to show students that not everyone gets things perfectly the first time around.


This Khan Academy course includes a lesson on growth mindset featuring John Legend:

Mentor Texts and Book that teach Growth Mindset


Why it's good:

- Has additional teaching and parenting resources

- Includes summary of the book plot

- Groups books by age range

- Includes link to purchase on Amazon

Why it's good:

- Not a long list
- Lists book options all the way to adult readers
- Lists to research articles at the bottom of the page


Why it's good:

- Lots of other teacher freebies

- Shows picture of cover AND pictures of what the inside of the book looks like

From "Growth Mindset in Action"
Click here for downloadable file.

Why it's good:

- A long list!

- Includes summaries (no picture)

- Research-backed seller


We Are Teachers article:


Why it's good:

- Includes pictures

- Includes recommended age ranges for read aloud

- Includes a few teaching/lesson ideas



Growth Mindset Read-Aloud Books

Click here for the file.

Why it's good:

- Long list

- Grouped by sub-topic: 

  • Persistence and hard work
  • Making mistakes and resilience
  • About the brain
  • Growth vs. Fixed mindset
  • Books for teacher

- Only lists title and author

STEM bins

John Spencer has a lot of resources incorporating STEM.

He also co-wrote resources on LAUNCH: a K-12 design thinking framework.

A teacher-reading recommendation would be the book "LAUNCH:  Using Design Thinking to Boost Creativity and Bring out the Maker in Every Student"

Tips to Start Out:

  • Model problem-solving when introducing challenges for the first time
  • Be explicit in how to use the materials.
  • Use your works carefully.  Don't refer to STEM supplies as "toys" but "tools."
  • Incorporate engineering vocabulary where you can.

Recommended for inspiration:

and many more!

Research that Supports:


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