Growth Mindset Lesson Plan

Instructor: Josh Corbat

Josh has taught Earth Science and Physical Science at the High School level and holds a Master of Education degree from UNC-Chapel Hill.

Use this lesson plan to introduce students to the idea of a growth mindset. Students will watch a video lesson, discuss key pieces of information, discuss how the growth mindset can affect them personally, and do a short journal activity.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define fixed and growth mindset.
  • describe how the growth mindset can benefit them in their daily lives.


60-90 minutes

Curriculum Standards


Determine two or more main ideas of a text and explain how they are supported by key details; summarize the text.


Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.


  • Start this lesson by asking students to think of a challenge they have faced in their lives recently. This can be a small challenge, like learning something new in school, or a big challenge, like recovering from a broken bone. You can either have them share their challenges or simply have them write them down to reflect on later.
  • Write the term 'mindset' on the board. Ask students to share what they know about the term. Write key ideas on the board and facilitate a conversation about what it means to have a certain kind of mindset.
  • Start the video lesson Fixed vs. Growth Mindset. If needed, a transcript of the video can be found on the lesson page.
  • Pause the video at 1:21. Hold a class discussion around the following questions:
    • What is a fixed mindset?
    • What is a growth mindset?
    • Which mindset is better to have in our daily lives? Why?
  • Resume and finish the video. Hold a discussion of the following question:
    • Why is it important to work on having a growth mindset at all times?

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