Charlotte, I am a huge believer in establishing a culture that fosters a growth mindset. I do an activity called Talking Points throughout the year that I find promotes conversations around these ideas that students carry with them. Here is my post on it, and although it is math, I can see it easily adaptable for science or learning in general: https://mathmindsblog.wordpress.com/2014/09/06/week-one-talking-points-math-mindset/
I would love to hear how it all goes in your classroom! Good Luck!
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Socratic Seminars! My 8th graders tackle amazingly controversial issues. They demonstrate public speaking skills, inclusionary tactics, respectful responses and deep thinking. It is a beautiful activity to watch.
Thanks for sharing! Giving them the starting point of agree, disagree or not sure gives students a starting point for their thinking and I would think that as different perspectives are shared, everyone gets an opportunity develop their thoughts.
That is exactly right Satinder! They really do get such great practice in truly listening to one another and explaining their thinking. Even when they are unsure, they have to say why they are unsure, so no one has a "way out" of sharing their thinking. The best part is it is completely judgement-free and creates such an amazing culture of learning!
excellent point about about becoming fearful. I like the video
Really like this!
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