All in Growth Mindset

Questioning Strategies for STEM Challenges

Do your kids give up easily when encountering a problem?

We get it. We've been there, both in parenting and as teachers. A kid stops trying when they get stuck on a task. They don’t want to work on it anymore. They just want the answer, or for you to do it for them.

It's our job as teachers and parents to help kids move forward when stuck and unlock the power of grit. After all, grit is a teachable skill.

We’ve found that a well-timed question can spark new thoughts in kids to develop perseverance through a tough task.

The following are some of our favorite questions to ask during each phase of the STEM process. You can grab a copy of these questions HERE and start supporting your students through difficult STEM challenges today!

Yes, You CAN Teach Growth Mindset in October!

Growth Mindset is a huge trend in teaching, but I get it, it’s hard to add one more thing to your instruction. However, you CAN integrate growth mindset in your classroom.

Teaching growth mindset is a best practice. Research has proven its many benefits. Teaching and learning growth mindset is a process. This process may not be easy, but it is definitely worth it for our students!

The following are 3 simple and easy ways to make growth mindset instruction work during the month of October!

October STEM Read Alouds

Read-alouds are one of the best ways to introduce new concepts to students. By integrating stories in lessons, students are introduced to quality books. When students are exposed to engaging literature, it fosters a life-long love of reading.

There are even greater benefits when these engaging read-alouds are connected to a STEM activity! STEM promotes 21st century skills all while allowing students to connect their learning to science, technology, engineering, and mathematical principles. This creates learning opportunities that are rigorous while maintaining a high level of student engagement.

The following are our top 5 STEM read-alouds and activities for October.

Growth Mindset is a Process

Did you know that when it comes to mindset it is not an either or? No one has a growth mindset 100% of the time. For example, there may be a student in your class who finds it easy to have a growth mindset during math, however, once it is time for reading, his mindset shifts. 

We all have areas of our learning that we view with a fixed mindset. The goal is to be able to recognize those areas where we default to a fixed mindset, and set goals for growth. This is what we want for our students and ourselves as teachers!

Growth Mindset Read Alouds

Have you ever heard any of these comments from you students?

"I'm just not good at math" 

"I'll never be good at reading."

This type of thinking emerges from a fixed mindset. A fixed mindset is the belief that our intelligence, abilities, and talents are fixed traits that are out of our control.

On the other hand, a growth mindset is the belief that through hard work and perseverance our intelligence, abilities, and talents can be developed.