Unit 2: Growth vs. Fixed Mindset


In the previous unit, we dove into the concept of Growth Mindset, and what it means to have one. The opposite side of the scale is called Fixed Mindset. Carol Dweck states that a Fixed Mindset describes people who see their qualities as fixed traits that cannot change. With a fixed mindset, talent is enough to lead to success and effort to improve these talents isn’t required: one is born with a certain amount of skill and intelligence that can’t be improved upon. (Dweck, 2006). Having a Fixed Mindset means that there is no room for growth, you either have it or you don't. Please watch the following video below to gain further knowledge of the traits of a fixed mindset

Elementary Students:

Mojo wanted to build a robot and enter the robot building competition. It was harder than he thought and he kept making mistakes. He began to think that, because he couldn't successfully build one the first time, then he would never be good enough to build one ever (displaying a fixed mindset attitude). His friend Kate comes to the rescue, again, and explains that mistakes are how we learn and grow.

Secondary and Beyond:

The video below compares the two different types of mindsets and the character traits they ensue. While you watch the video, see if you can relate to any of the traits they mentioned, from either side.


With your group from the previous unit, please complete the activity below:

Elementary Students:


Secondary Students and Beyond

Growth vs. Fixed Mindset Scenarios

Growth vs. Fixed

After each group has completed the worksheet, we will go over the answers together as a whole class.

After you have completed this unit, please go to: Unit 3

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