Thursday, August 17, 2017

The BEST Bell Ringers and Growth Mindset Activities!

I'm using this blog to post some of my very favorite lesson ideas for secondary students!  This year, I'm all about teaching kids the difference between fixed and growth mindsets.  I was inspired after I read Malcolm Gladwell's Outliers, which makes the point that raw, God given talent is usually a farce. and that hard work and practice are paramount.  That's what my middle school kiddos need drummed into them!

Anyhoo, here are some of my favorites:

1)   Growth Mindset Bell Ringers:

Found here

Using these prompts and brain breaks has really helped me revolutionize how my students perform and behave! Engage, inspire, and challenge your students with this product!

This includes:

* Ten challenges for students to rewrite fixed mindsets into growth mindsets: writing practice and inspiration in one swoop!

* How to use Riddle Brain Breaks to foster a growth mindset in your classroom

* Five fun Growth Mindset Brain Breaks, including using clips from the movie Rocky to teach fixed vs. growth mindset and three other collaborative activities

* Stories from ten famous “failures” who didn’t give up: Former President Obama, Ben Franklin, Oprah Winfrey, JK Rowling, Michael Jordan, Abraham Lincoln, Walt Disney, Steve Jobs, Alexander Graham Bell, and the Wright Brother

2) Growth Mindset Escape Room

For some reason, the picture is not appearing for this, but I found this on Teachers Pay Teachers, and it is really interesting!  Way more set up and explanation than writing prompts, but if you have the patience and time to dedicate to it, it would be awesome.  I haven't used it with my kiddos yet, but I'm excited about using it.  Found here.

3) Bell Ringers for Middle and High:  Sports Edition

Found here

Engage your students with silly, interesting, and inspirational quotes from top athletes!  While all of these are not growth mindset focused, there are several inspirational ones and I like to use them to teach that writing is a PROCESS, a very growth mindset concept!

This product includes writing prompts inspired by quotes from Mia Hamm, Simone Biles, Michelle Kwan, Mohammad Ali, Peyton Manning, Serena Williams, Wayne Gretzky, Wilma Rudolph, Danica Patrick, Michael Phelps, David Beckham, Jackie Robinson, Jeff Gordon, Joe Louis, and Michael Jordan! 

Engaging prompts and a picture of the athlete on every slide, as well as two links to fascinating videos! Simply project the prompt on a screen and have them type or jot down their response! 

4) September Bell Ringers

Found here

I love these September Bell Ringers for so many reasons:  they spur creativity, teach writing is a process, and have many growth mindset themed ones about goal setting.  The prompts are engaging and interesting. 20 September themed writing topics, including: 

Academic Goal Setting
Letter to Yourself
What’s in a name?
Persuasive: Year Round School Vs. Traditional Schedule
Happy September Birthdays!
Option 2 for September Birthdays Prompt
Expository: So You Want to be a Principal?
September 6th: National Read a Book Day
Do Tell: Who’s your Favorite Book Character
Power of Persuasion: School Uniforms vs. Choice of Clothing
September 10th: National Swap Ideas Day (25 min. activity!)
September 11th: Patriot Day & Day of Service and Remembrance 
September 12th: National Encouragement Day
National Pet Memorial Day
Creative: Write from a Different POV (inspired by “National Hat Day” on Sept. 15th)
September 15th: National Live Creative Day
Expository: What’s Your Dream House?
September 25th: Shel Silverstein’s Birthday
Persuasion: National Gum Chewing Day (Sept. 30th!) 

There are also tips for teachers and a chart with differentiation ideas!

5)  More Growth Mindset Bell Ringers

While these ones don't have pictures like the ones posted above, they have very interesting quotes to reflect on.  Check it out here!

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