Teaching Mindset In The Classroom: Activities, Teaching Tools, Anchor Charts, Bulletin Boards, and fabulous books.

Do you have a growth mindset? Do you teach your students about what growth mindset is and how to have one? Over the last 4 years, my school has made a shift to this way of thinking, growing our brains and teaching! Teaching students to have grit and perseverance are traits that will hopefully stay with them for the rest of their academic careers and into adulthood. 3 summers ago, Greg (Kindergarten Smorgasboard) and I did a summer book study on the book, Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck .  The book study was wildly popular and still one of my most read posts and series! With so many teachers, administration, and districts embracing growth mindset I have put together a round up some resources that you might be interested in, when teaching growth mindset in your class! This round up includes teaching tools, activities, anchor charts, bulletin boards, and books!!!

Last summer I designed a shirt with The Wright Stuff Chics and it has finally been released this summer!! As a kindergarten teacher, I am always telling my students that mistakes are a part of learning and practice makes progress. So it was only fitting that my shirt would say, Mistakes Happen #growthmindset. 

I believe in celebrating mistakes so much, that I have these huge letters as a focus in my room, to let my students know that mistakes happen, but they help us learn and grow! Scroll down for the GIVEAWAY!!!

Teaching Tools

Ten Questions

Growth Mindset: Adjust The Way You Think from Mindful Schools

Growth Mindset Reward System from Brain Pop

Building Grit from Saturday Morning Coffee and Common Core

Interactive Power Point from Eave Coates


Why I Teach Class Values Instead Of Rules from Building Brilliance

Teaching Growth Mindset With The Paper Challenge from Musings in Middle School

Growth Mindset: The Power Of Yet from Brown Bag Teacher

STEM and Growth Mindset from Whimsy Workshop Teaching

Flip That Flop! Turning Mistakes Into Opportunities from Keep Me Thinking

Growth Mindset In The Classroom from Proud To Be Primary

Top 35 Growth Mindset Podcasts For Kids, Teens and Adults from Big Life Journal

Growth Mindset Edible Neurons from Beg, Borrow and Teach


Anchor Charts

Start Your Year Off Having A Growth Mindset from Simply Skilled in Second

Own Your Learning from Grade 8 Fieldcrest

Encouraging Student Self Reflection from Math Coach’s Corner

6 Activities To Jumpstart A Growth Mindset In The Classroom from Teaching With Simplicity

Am I Really Done? from Scholastic

Rate Yourself from Education To The Core

In Our Classroom from The Teacher Studio

Bulletin Board

Change Your Mindset from Teaching With A Mountain View

Brainology: Teaching Students About Growth Mindset from Fun In Fourth

Change Your Words – Change Your Mindset from User Generated Education

Be Somebody That Makes Everybody Feel Like Somebody from Early Core Learning

Introducing Growth Mindset from Rundes Room

Attitude from Fun In Fourth

Free Growth Mindset Posters from A New Day Of Learning

Growth Mindset Posters

I Have Growth Mindset



After The Fall

Mindset Matters

Bubble Gum Brain

Nothing You Can’t Do

Mindsets In The Classroom

Mistakes Make You Quake

Not Yet

I Can’t Do That, YET

The Thing Lou Couldn’t Do

When Sophie Thinks She Can’t

Thanks For The Feedback

Mistakes That Worked

A Perfectly Messed Up Story

Nobody’s Perfect

The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes

Sink or Swim

Flight School

Ada Twist Scientist

Iggy Peck Architect

Rosie Revere, Engineer



The Most Magnificent Thing


Everyone Can Learn To Ride A Bicycle

 Your Fantastic Elastic Brain

Mindsets In The Classroom


A Little Bit Of Oomph!

Beautiful Oops!

What Do You Do With An Idea? 

Growth Mindset Summer Book Study

Week One

Week Two 

Week Three

Week Four

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Growth Mindset GIVEAWAY!!  1 Mistakes Happen #growthmindset shirt and choice of any 1 growth mindset book shared in this post!! Enter HERE and share!!

45 Responses

  1. This is something my principal and district really want us to focus on! Thanks for the resources!

  2. I’m saving this post and sending it to my kindergarten team mates. Great ideas!! I’m hoping we can start implementing some of the growth mindset ideals and then spread the interest to other grade levels in our school. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Last year was my first year teaching Growth Mindset and it was amazing! Thanks for the awesome blog post and giveaway!

  4. I love this list of ideas! Always looking for more ways to teach about growth mindset. I use Class dojo in my room as the primary tool to teach about mindset and I love it!

  5. Teaching young children is challenging yet rewarding. When children say, “I can’t do it!” I respond with “you can’t do it YET!”

  6. This post was so helpful! I’m heading into my second year of teaching first grade and really want to continue to encourage and motivate my students and these ideas have given me so many starting points! Thank you!

  7. Thanks for all these fabulous ideas! Our school did a Growth Mindset book study and it was wonderful to see it being used School wide!!!

  8. Hanks for the list of books. This is a topic I’d like to incorporate more into my classroom.

  9. I hope to teach growth mindset practices this year during our morning meeting/differentiation times!

  10. I am so excited to be moving to K in the fall. I am excited to start the year off with introducing growth mindsets.

  11. Thank you for the great list. I participated in a book study of this book during the school year and really enjoyed it.

  12. My personal goal for this school year is to read the Growth Mindset Coach book and study it with my Kindergarten colleagues! I have used little bits and pieces of Growth Mindset but want to do more!

  13. What an amazing idea. I love this post and have read some of these books. I can’t wait to read even more this year. Adding them to my list.

  14. Thank you for the great resources. I’m trying to implement this is my classroom this year.

  15. Thank you for this. I am very interested in reading this book. Looking forward to new ways to improve my classroom and help my students.

  16. Thank you! I am going back to the public school classroom and I appreciate all the great ideas!

  17. I love following this blog. You rally hped prepare me.for what to expect I. kindergarten after years with older kids. Start teaching with a growth mindset when they are young and it will stay with them always!!

  18. thank you so much I’m trying to start teaching english private extra lessons .This is going to be very helpful.

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