Subject: SEL (Social-Emotional Learning)
Lesson Length: 45 min (depends on depth of discussions)
Topic: The Power of Yet! Fixed & Growth Mindset
Grade Level: 4, 5
Objective: Critical thinking, Narration
SELF-MANAGEMENT: The abilities to manage one’s emotions, thoughts, and behaviors effectively in different situations and to achieve goals and aspirations.
Brief Description: Students will explore the power of “yet” and create a “Things We Can’t Do Yet!” comic strip.
Know Before You Start: Students should have a general understanding of the terms fixed and growth mindset - to guide their discussions.
- Ask students to remember a skill they learned at a younger age and consistently can do now.
- Discuss: What did it feel like when they first tried the skill? Were they frustrated? Annoyed?
- Discuss fixed and growth mindsets. When we struggle learning a skill or concept, which mindset are we more apt to feel?
Activity: Using their avatar, students will create a 3-4 panel comic showing themselves attempting to master a skill or concept they haven’t learned yet. The comic should:
Contain a caption containing the skill or goal they are trying to achieve.
Include speech bubbles that show themselves embracing the power of yet!
Discuss a time in school that you struggled with something. Explain what the challenge was and how it felt to have that challenge. How did they overcome it? What were some steps that got them there?
Discuss a school skill they can’t do right now.
Choose volunteers to share some of their current school challenges. Have them repeat what they can’t do and add “yet” to the end of it. For example: "I can’t do long division… yet! I can’t read long chapter books… yet!"
Explain that the skills they thought they’d never master in school and now can do weren't impossible, it just hadn’t happened YET. Owning a “can do” mindset means you are a work in progress Having a growth mindset means knowing and believing you will get there and it’s just not now.
Closure: Print the comics or display them in an accessible digital gallery under the title “Things we can’t do YET.” Students can refer back to this visual as a reminder of how they are always getting steps closer.
- Pre-teach vocabulary
- Provide sentence starters for discussion, comic, and reflection when necessary
- Allow students to work with a peer model
- Allow students to write in their home language when necessary
- Allow students to sort scenarios or images of growth vs. fixed mindset