Themes for Developmental Lessons  
NOTE: Activities and lesson plan ideas can vary based on schedules. Once the classroom norms are set and students are introduced to the concept of a growth mindset, the activities in subsequent themes can be completed throughout the year.  
Background: These resources are intended to be used at the beginning of a school year to introduce students to the idea that anyone can learn mathematics and to provide instructional activities to support students in developing mathematical habits of mind and a growth mindset. “When students and educators have a growth mindset, they understand that intelligence can be developed. Students focus on improvement instead of worrying about how smart they are. They work hard to learn more and get smarter. Based on years of research by Stanford University’s Dr. Dweck, Lisa Blackwell Ph.D., and their colleagues, we know that students who learn this mindset show greater motivation in school, better grades, and higher test scores” (www.mindsetworks.com). Through these activities, students will have the opportunity to explore growth mindsets and learn how the brain grows. Each day will begin with a Contemplate than Calculate activity in which students will look for structure to solve seemingly complicated problems. Then students will watch a video, read an article, or write a letter in order to better understand the importance of growth mindsets. Social Goals Students will understand the importance of a growth mindset (e.g., that math is not about talent or natural ability, but about thoughtful practice) and what it means to talk and listen. Students will also understand that class is where students practice thinking and doing math. Mathematical Goals

Additional Resources:
 Jo Boaler: Week of Inspirational Math: Series of lesson plans that include a video and activity.
 Enact this skit to allow students to identify growth and fixed mindsets in a math classroom, which includes two parts with discussion guides. ‘Cast’ your actors one or two days in advance so that they have a chance to read through the script beforehand.
 Distribute or post page 9 of classroom norms or establish a custom version for your classroom.
 Additional Growth Mindset Lessons / Activities
Theme 1: Mindset affects learning math  
Math Practice Standards: MP1Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.  
Goals:
Possible Lesson Sequence and Ideas
* Based on preferences, style, or understanding of students, you may want to use one of the other alternate video or task options posted in the second column.  Growth Mindset Activities / Video Options*:

Theme 2: Math is about making sense  
Math Practice Standards: MP1Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them., MP5Use appropriate tools strategically, MP7Look for and make use of structure.  
Goals:
Possible Lesson Sequence and Ideas
* Based on preferences, style, or understanding of students, you may want to use one of the other alternate video or task options posted in the second column.  Growth Mindset Activities / Video Options*:

Theme 3: Math is filled with conjectures, creativity, and uncertainty  
Math Practice Standards: MP1 Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them., MP2Reason abstractly and quantitatively., MP3Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others., MP4Model with mathematics., MP7Look for and make use of structure., MP8Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning.  
Goals:
Possible Lesson Sequence and Ideas * Based on preferences, style, or understanding of students, you may want to use one of the other alternate video or task options posted in the second column.  Growth Mindset Activities / Video Options*:

Theme 4: Mistakes are beautiful things  
Math Practice Standards: MP1Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them., MP5Use appropriate tools strategically., MP6Attend to precision.  
Goals:
Possible Lesson Sequence and Ideas * Based on preferences, style, or understanding of students, you may want to use one of the other alternate video or task options posted in the second column  Growth Mindset Activities / Video Options*:
