Students with a growth mindset understand they can get smarter through hard work, learning and using strategies, and asking for help from others. No student ever has a full fixed or growth mindset. It is a continuum that varies from task to task.

Having students reflect about where they are at with their mindset is a good starting point when exploring the topic.

Videos to help when teaching primary students about mindsets:

Students learn that their brain is a muscle that gets stronger when it responds to challenging things. They learn the difference between a fixed mindset and a growth mindset.

A young girl demonstrates grit and a growth mindset in this short video.

Pip is a small dog who has big dreams. Pip has to learn to solve hurdles that come up in order to reach those dreams.

A young girl and her father learn to follow dreams with a growth mindset of never giving up.

Problem Solving and Growth Mindset go together beautifully. Learning to persevere, to make mistakes and learn from them, and to dream are all the work of primary students.