Resources for Developing Growth Mindsets in the Gifted Classroom
Resources for Developing Growth Mindsets in the Gifted Classroom
PUBLISHED: Tuesday, July 02, 2019 by Andilynn Feddeler

When students believe that dedication and hard work can change their performance in school, they grow to become resilient, successful students. But how can teachers instill these values in their students and foster growth mindset environments? These books contain helpful information and resources for developing strong students who believe in the power of embracing life’s challenges with a growth mindset. 

  • Nothing You Can't Do!: The Secret Power of Growth Mindsets. By discovering the secrets included in this illustrated, funny, and interactive book, readers (ages 9–12) will learn how to develop a growth mindset, where they look at life through a more optimistic lens, learn how to handle mistakes in a positive way, and find all of the possibilities in themselves! Best of all, the book is packed with opportunities for classroom implementation. The author of Nothing You Can’t Do!, Mary Cay Ricci, discussed the best ways to implement the resources and lessons from the book in the classroom in a helpful blog post about growth mindset thinking.

  • Teaching Tenacity, Resilience, and a Drive for Excellence: Lessons for Social-Emotional Learning for Grades 4–8 equips teachers to deliberately cultivate students’ psychosocial skills, including self-awareness, problem solving to deal with setbacks, assertive interpersonal skills, and intellectual risk-taking. Lessons include engaging activities and curriculum connections, covering topics related to perfectionism, mindset, grit, stress, procrastination, social-emotional intelligence, and more.  

  • Leadership for Kids: Curriculum for Building Intentional Leadership in Gifted Learners (Grades 3–6). This book of activities and leadership stories guides educators as they help students develop leadership through a growth mindset. Leadership for Kids encourages classrooms where all gifted potentials, even those in leadership, are intentionally nurtured. As well as providing numerous brief and easy-to-implement lessons, this book facilitates conversations about gifted children and their unique and individual needs as they develop as leaders.