For our weekly growth mindset activity, we focused on mistakes. Did you know making mistakes is actually a good thing? We discussed that making mistakes can be beneficial and help our brains grow! If we have a growth mindset about our mistakes, we will be less frustrated and increase the chances of learning. These are the activities we did throughout the week:
- Monday: We thought of 7 memorable mistakes we had experienced in our life.
- Tuesday: We chose two mistakes from our Monday list. Then, in detail, we wrote about what we had learned from making those mistakes.
- Wednesday: Did you know J.K. Rowling was rejected by 12 publishers before she published Harry Potter? That surprised us as well! We pretended we were a publisher rejecting her, and we had to write her a note.
- Thursday: We took a self-reflection survey rating different scenarios on a scale of 1 to 5.
- Friday: We dissected this Bob Ross quote and decided what it means and how it is related to a growth mindset. “We don’t make mistakes, just happy little accidents.”
Then we researched people who had invented, by mistakes, things that we commonly use today. “The Great Mistake List” included potato chips, super glue, plastic, frisbees, velcro, and chocolate chip cookies! Here are a couple presentations to help you understand how mistakes are really a good thing!
Peyton’s Powtown Presentation