Five Favorite Read Alouds to Teach a Growth Mindset

Five Favorite Read Alouds to Teach a Growth Mindset
Sometimes new ideas come along and we feel like it's just one more thing to squeeze in to our already busy day. Confession: I kind of felt this way when I started hearing "growth mindset." Is this something I really need to teach? Can't I just give my students daily encouragement and model this in my classroom? But then I started doing some research, as teachers love to do, and I soon realized that teaching a growth mindset would quickly become a part of my classroom routine without any hesitation.

So, what is a growth mindset? A growth mindset is the belief that hard work and dedication can develop our capabilities. With a growth mindset you learn from your mistakes, you are open to learning, you believe you can do better, you use positive language, and you accept mistakes as a way to learn. Wow, that sounds amazing, right? 

So, how can you teach this mindset? Integrating growth mindset lessons into your day does not have to feel time consuming or like an extra thing to plan for. It is easy to do a mini lesson & discussion without much planning involved! I always like to work this into my morning meeting time; we are all fresh & full of positivity in the morning & the ideas (hopefully) stick with us for the day! Here are some of my favorite read alouds to help teach a growth mindset:

1. The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires
I just love this book! The girl has an idea & knows it will be the most magnificent thing, all she has to do is make it, should be simple! But she tries & fails numerous times. She feels frustrated, but NEVER GIVES UP!! It tackles the topic of quitting & wanting to give up, but taking a break and going back to try again. I love the discussion this book brings!!
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2. My Fantastic Elastic Brain by JoAnn Deak
This is such a great book to teach a growth mindset because it talks about growing your brain! Your brain will learn new things and remember if you JUST TRY! Just like lifting weights makes your muscles stronger, trying new things helps your brain grow. What a wonderful lesson to teach.

3. Beautiful Oops by Barney Saltzberg
I love the message of this book, so clear even just in the title, "Beautiful Oops." Mistakes can be beautiful, we can learn from them, we can fix them, we can turn them into something new. Every mistake is the opportunity for something beautiful. A beautiful message for all of us!

4. The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes by Mark Pett
This is a super cute story about a girl who never, ever makes mistakes. Until she makes a big mistake. This will help teach your students that no one is perfect! We all make mistakes & the best we can do is learn from them!!

5. What Do You Do With an Idea? by Kobi Yamada
I love reading this book with my class and it can be read in so many different ways and in different subjects too.  It tells how one child's idea can grow as the child's confidence grows too.  No idea is too small; when you have an idea, you should go for it!  The pictures are amazing, the concept is amazing, and it is sure to bring about an amazing conversation too.

If you're thinking of introducing a growth mindset into your classroom but don't know where to begin, or if you are teaching a growth mindset and looking for new ideas...I hope these books are helpful to you, they are perfect for any age!

You can find a more complete list of books, along with songs, videos, posters, interactive activities, a bulletin board, student certificates, and a parent letter in my store.  It is everything that you need to teach a growth mindset!  Click below...

Happy teaching!


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