Challenges

Each of the links below goes to a GoogleDoc with specific assignment instructions, and for overall details, see the Extra Credit: Growth Mindset page at the class wiki. And remember: you don't have to wait until the end of the week to do some extra credit; you can do one of these whenever you have some time to spare. So, find something that appeals to you, and click the link to find out just how the challenge works:

1. Learn more! This is a challenge you can repeat as often as you want: read an article about growth mindset OR watch a video OR study an infographic. There are lots to choose from covering a whole range of growth mindset topics.

2. Learn from Other Students. I've got a collection of quotes from previous student blog posts about growth mindset; for this assignment, you'll browse those quotes from other students to see what you can learn.

3. Share Mindset with Someone. For this option, you will share what you've learned about growth mindset with someone else — friend, roommate, family member; it's potentially useful to everyone.

4. Stories of Growth. Look back through the stories you've read for class and find a story that exemplifies the theme of a growth mindset.

5. Make a Mindset Motto or Mantra. You can use mottos and mantras to re-focus your attention; for this assignment, you'll choose your favorite mindset motto or mantra.

6. Make a Mindset Acronym. For this assignment, you'll invent your own growth mindset acronym like PUSH: Persist Until Something Happens.

7. Random Growth Mindset Cats. Use the cat randomizer at the blog to find your favorite growth mindset cats.

8. Growth Mindset Cats: Pinterest. Learn how to use Pinterest to explore the growth mindset cats and choose your favorites. (You don't need a Pinterest account for this assignment... but you might decide you want to use Pinterest yourself after you give this a try: it's a fun tool!)

9. The Five Whys. You can use the "Five Whys" technique to focus and deepen your learning goals.

10. Your Daily Learning Habits. Have you ever thought about your daily learning habits? That is what you will do for this assignment.

11. Multiple Intelligences. Learn about Howard Gardner's multiple intelligences and think about which intelligence(s) you want to grow.

12. Beyond School. Reflect on the aspect of your life outside of school where you have the strongest growth mindset beliefs, and think about how you could develop those same beliefs about your schoolwork.

13. What is Genius? This assignment is based on a great cartoon by Grant Snider. What do you think the elements of genius are? Here's the cartoon:



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