Series: Growth Mindset Made Visible


Common core State Standards

  • ELA:  English Language Arts
  • W:  Writing Standards K-5
  • 1:  1st Grade
  • 3: 
    Write narratives in which they recount two or
    more appropriately sequenced events, include
    some details regarding what happened, use
    temporal words to signal event order, and
    provide some sense of closure.

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Common core State Standards

  • ELA:  English Language Arts
  • W:  Writing Standards K-5
  • 1:  1st Grade
  • 5: 
    With guidance and support from adults, focus on
    a topic, respond to questions and suggestions
    from peers, and add details to strengthen writing
    as needed.

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Praising the Process
Lesson Objective: Use process praise to encourage a growth mindset
All Grades / All Subjects / Mindset
ELA.W.1.3 | ELA.W.1.5

Thought starters

  1. How does process praise help students develop growth mindsets?
  2. How does Ms. Stewart make sure her process praise is authentic?
  3. What tips does Ms. Stewart share for how teachers can begin to use process praise in their classrooms?
I loved how the teacher was so good with this process. Her delivery was awesome. She went to every student to comment on their work. Though this strategy takes so time, it is well worth it.
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I really like the language you use with your students. What a positive environment for them to grow as learners. You make your expectations very clear.
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Hi Chana, this was such a fabulous lesson to watch! I am new to Writers Workshop this school year in a second grade classroom and it has been a rough transition. I am wondering what resources you give your students in their writing folders. Is it only the writing checklist? Also, is your checklist created from Lucy's illustrated checklists? Also, I know in the video you mentioned that you are reviewing your student's writing before you go to conference with them. How often are you doing this? This part has been difficult just because of the time required to review the student work samples so often. What kind of resources are you carrying around in your writing binder - is it only your conferencing notes? Do you have a template that you use to keep your notes together? Any tips are greatly appreciated!
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This was very inspiring and helpful for improving my Lego Robotics lessons.
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Praising the process makes sense! If kids know what the process and find out if they are following it and doing good they feel like they have achieved !Setting goals are useful and help us go to the next level . Good video to watch and review....
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  • Praising the Process Transcript

    Speaker 1: I want you to jot down on your Post-It your next little goal for yourself.


    Praising the Process Transcript

    Speaker 1: I want you to jot down on your Post-It your next little goal for yourself.

    Having a growth mindset means that you believe that your intelligence is malleable.

    It's time for writers. Writers. Writers. Writer's workshop.

    A writer's workshop model helps promote growth mindset because it gives students an opportunity to really focus on the process and the habits of mind of what it means to be a writer.

    Giving ourselves little goals or directions help us grow as writers.

    Speaker 2: [?] to make them move and talk.

    Speaker 1: You want to make your characters move and talk so your reader can really picture them. Awesome goal. Go get started on that.

    One thing I really focus on in my classroom is praising the process rather than praising the product.

    Speaker 3: [?].

    Speaker 1: That's such an important goal. You want your reader to really be able to read it so you're going to make sure you have really clear spaces between your words. Super important. Go get started.

    So rather than saying this product was really good, it breaks down for students what they did that helped them to accomplish that goal.

    You really make your characters come to life. You said like, "I'm lost."

    And it helps them to think about they can continue to grow and emphasize those strategies in their work.

    I wanted to teach you how to write a lead that hooks the reader.

    I also think that process praise helps build a growth mindset because it starts to become the language that students then use.

    You also have already thought of a problem.

    So if I'm praising their process then they can start to focus on the different things that they're doing well in their work and they then can begin to internalize that language and also use that in supporting partners.

    Speaker 2: My goal was to move and make my characters talk and I made it on [?].

    Speaker 1: Thanks for listening to your partner. So show us where you did that in your writing. Your goal was to make your characters talk. Can you show us a place where you did that in your writing? Whoa, you really made them come to life. Way to set a goal in your writing.

    You have set some great goals for yourself about what you're going to do next to take charge of your writing. Writers I'm going to give you 20 minutes to work on reaching these goals. If you reach this goal, set another little goal for yourself.

    How would you start it?

    Speaker 4: Austin tells his mother thanks.

    Speaker 1: That lead really hooked me because you told me not only what your character was doing, where your character was going, but also what your characters were saying. Nice job.

    Writers you are really taking charge of your writing. I saw Alexandra, she wanted to revise the beginning of her story so she went over to the writing center and she said, "I'm going to go revise the beginning." She got her revision [flat?]. Sarah really wants to work on making a strong ending so she set the goal, using her folder, that she is going to write an ending for her story to solve the problem. Writers all around the classroom, you're setting little goals and then reaching those goals.

    I try to make my process praise really authentic through really spending time looking at students' work. So before I have gone into a conference with a student I've really spent time looking through students' work so I can pinpoint what are those areas that I really want to celebrate with that student.

    I took your book home last night and I started reading it and you have done something really amazing. Can I tell you what you did that was super amazing? In the beginning you really made me picture where you're story's happening and what was happening. Awesome work, writer. So I was thinking, something you might start trying as a writer is writing in your piece about how your characters are feeling. Do you think you might like to try that out?

    Whoa, writers. Check this out. Look over here. Joshua discovered in his folder he has a realistic fiction checklist and he used it to see have I done all the things that realistic fiction writers do? Wow. You could try that too if you're feeling like, "What's my next goal?"

    I feel like if you really want to build your practice in terms of giving process praise, one of the best things that you can do is start to script out what you want to be saying. So have a little cheat sheet for yourself that you can carry around with you in a binder or on a clipboard.

    I can't wait to see you try that in your writing. Keep up the great work.

    I heard writers whispering directions to themselves like, "Imagine another character, think of an adventure, make sure my reader can read it."

    I first introduced process praise to my students through a lot of model. So my own self-talk was something that I think was really helpful when I was working through things in front of students.

    Awesome job. So putting your goal up there to celebrate that you met that goal.

    I also think that we create a lot of really clear visuals for students about what our goals are and then we can refer back to those in our process praise. So I think it just becomes the fabric of everything that we're doing in our classroom.

    Where did you reach that goal?

    Speaker 5: I elaborated on three pages.

    Speaker 1: You elaborated on three pages today? Would you hold it up to show us how you met that goal? Wow.

    I'm seeing some quiet, "Me too." Some other friends also elaborated in their writing today.

    I think that teaching students about growth mindset in the classroom really helps them to take ownership over their own learning, to be willing to take on challenges, to reflect on their mistakes, and that can carry beyond the classroom into their lives when they are no longer with me.

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