Growth Mindset: Mistakes are Opportunities

Students learn that mistakes are opportunities to to grow, reflect, and improve
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About This Strategy

This 2-hour flexible strategy helps students learn to tell a story about a mistake-- that mistakes are opportunities to grow, reflect, and improve. This can be both a lesson on storytelling and a lesson about social-emotional learning. In this strategy, students will learn about growth mindset. They will then create an Adobe Spark Video or an Adobe Rush video where they have the opportunity to personally reflect on how they can learn from mistakes. 

Because Adobe Spark Video and Rush enable new ways of presenting information, this strategy empowers students to be unique and creative while telling a story.

Supporting Tools and Resources

  • Student sample
  • Adobe Spark Video and Adobe Rush

  • Student Steps, Rubric, and Tutorial for Using Adobe Spark Video and Rush

Outline for Teachers

115 minutes

Learn.

On Khan Academy, students will read three short articles in the secondary/high school lesson “Mistakes are opportunities”- they will learn what a “growth mindset” is: (30 minutes)

  1. Connect: Mistakes are Opportunities

  2. Learn: Mistakes are Opportunities

  3. Reflect: Mistakes are Opportunities

Create.

Students will create a video where they reflect on a mistake they turned into an opportunity using the student steps and the rubric to guide them.  They can examine a sample here. (60 minutes)

Discuss.

Students discuss their videos with a partner. [For distance learning, assign digital partners or create video break out rooms.] (20 minutes)

Share.

Students share their videos with family and friends. (5 minutes)

Steps for Students

You will use Adobe Spark Video to tell a story about a mistake you made and how you turned that mistake into an opportunity to grow, reflect, and improve. 

Because Adobe Spark Video and Rush enable new ways of presenting information, this strategy empowers you to be creative and to demonstrate knowledge and stories in deep and meaningful ways.

Steps:

 

  1. On Khan Academy, read the  following three articles in the secondary/high school lesson “Mistakes are opportunities”: (30 minutes)
  2. Using Spark Video or Adobe Rush, you’ll reflect by thinking about a time you made a mistake and turned it into an opportunity.  If you are stuck: answer the following questions listed in the third article you read, “Reflect: Mistakes are opportunities.” Take a look at this sample for inspiration. (60 minutes)

    • Describe a time when you tried your best and still made mistakes. How did you react?

    • Why can mistakes be detrimental to our learning and our brain growth?

    • Is there an example in your life or someone else's life of a time mistakes prevented you or the other person from doing something great? Describe the situation.

    • What are some mistakes you’ve made in the last few weeks? Consider categorizing them into slow-down opportunities, review opportunities, and feedback opportunities.

    • What should you do next time you make a mistake?

  3. Discuss your videos with a partner.  [For distance learning, assign digital partners or create video break out rooms.] (20 minutes)

  4. Share your video as directed by your instructor. (5 minutes)

Rubric for a Successful Analysis

Consult the attached rubric in order to evaluate students' videos.