Growth Mindset Skit for Parents
Prior to the parent night, teach kids the growth mindset. For example, use this lesson plan.
Make sure kids are familiar with Growth vs Fixed minsets.
Students will follow the lesson plan outlined in teacher instructions.
2 Preparing for skits
Tell kids that now that they are familiar with fixed vs growth mindsets, they will help teach parents about the growth mindset through skits.
Tell kids they will work on creating skits that are models of either fixed or growth mindsets that they will act out in front of parents on a parent night. Parents are to determine if the short skit is an example of fixed or growth mindsets
Kids will get in small groups. Each group creates 2 or 3 short skits that demonstrate at least one fixed and one growth mindset.
Kids will write their skits on paper or on Google Drive if they have access to that.
Kids will practice their skits when possible prior to a parent night.
For example, one group might have kids saying that math is too hard and they will not get it.
Kids will not tell their parents what mindset they are demonstrating.
3 parent night
Teacher will host a parent night.
At parent night, the teacher will talk about growth vs fixed mindsets with parents in attendance.
Tell parents that student groups will present short skits that demonstrate either fixed or growth mindsets.
If the student group happens to present a fixed mindset, parents will be asked to reinact the skit with a focus on open mindset. Students will then rate the parents' skit and see if they were able to spin it so that it's representative of an open mindset.
Students act out their skit in front of adults. They will speak clearly and fluently so that they can be heard.
After the skit, they will ask the audience to determin if it was an example of fixed or open mindset.
If it is identified as open, they will ask parents what details made it an open mindset.
If it is identified as fixed, students will ask parents to reinact the skit but with a spin toward open mindset.
Students will give feedback to parents on how the parents did.
Teacher will ask parents if they have any other questions on the fixed vs growth mindsets and how they are being taught and fostered in the classroom.
Have students close by giving a few comments and other examples of how they will work on using the growth mindset at home and other out of school settings.
Key Standards Supported
Produce simple, compound, and complex sentences.
Speaking & Listening
Report on a topic or text, tell a story, or recount an experience with appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details, speaking clearly at an understandable pace.
Speak in complete sentences when appropriate to task and situation in order to provide requested detail or clarification.
With guidance and support from adults, produce writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task and purpose. (Grade-specific expectations for writing types are defined in standards 1–3 above.)