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The Missing Link when Teaching GRIT & Growth Mindset in the Classroom

GRIT and Growth Mindset are the hot topics in the classroom at the moment and for very good reason. However, most products, blog posts, and resources only discuss what it is, what it looks like, and the importance of it. This line of products allows you to explicitly teach it.

Facilitate Failure in the Classroom:

These activities are designed to make your students struggle and fail, tossing them into the depths of the learning pit. Sounds a little harsh? Maybe. But I can’t think of a better place, than the safety of the classroom, in a controlled environment for students to exercise grit and growth mindset than under the watchful eye of a loving teacher.  By facilitating failure you and your students are able to pinpoint those tough emotions, negative thoughts, and capitalize on them.

Wisdom.

My team and I would introduce this type of activity during the first week of school. This thoughtful idea to introduce failure came from one of my favorite colleagues. We used it for the first day of math class. Based on what we observed, experienced and discussed this type of activity will forever hold a spot in the first week of school line up. Probably the most surprising outcome of this activity was the way my more gifted and talented students responded. When you think of it… the students with the least amount of exposure to exercising grit or a growth mindset are the students that school comes easiest too. The grittiest students are those that are used to struggling and working hard every. single. day. There is so much value in these lessons and the discussions and experiences they bring. It is simply not enough to define what Grit and a Growth Mindset is, it must be practiced, and it needs to be practiced in a controlled environment where you can mentor them through their thought process. Instead of hoping they apply what you discussed in a lesson when their trial comes along.

Application

A tough activity designed to encourage failure is the perfect discussion starter as to why it is so important we facilitate a growth mindset and know what GRIT is. Once introduced I continue to introduce approximately one new activity a week until the end of the year. I like to give students about a week per activity. This gives them time to wrestle strategies or questions and ponder on the challenge at hand. ***Remember a key component of GRIT is endurance. Grit is something displayed over time. As tempting as it is to give them the answers they so desperately want, the wrestle is the most important part. With many of these challenges, the solution is SIMPLE. However, it requires the students to think outside the box. This thought process will not come it time is not afforded. Plus the joy and satisfaction are that much greater once a struggle and multiple failures have been encountered.

Reflection

My favorite part of this product is the reflection sheet. Students identify an emotion on the learning pit that best illustrates where they were before the activity ended. The reflection page is only included in the paid products. This means the Big Scribb, The Bewilderer, & The Nuisance (Challenges 6 & 7) do not include the reflection page.

If you plan to use these challenges throughout the school year, purchasing the bundle is your best choice and gives you the best value. This product includes access to over 60 pages and 40 Activities. You can also purchase the challenges individually, see descriptions for more information.

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The Nitty Gritty

The Nitty Gritty Triangle Activity 1:

Students will complete the Magic Math Triangle, where all digits along the perimeter of the triangle must add up to the given magic sum. There are two triangles with 4 possible magic sums totaling 8 activities! There is a signature section where you can require the student to get a signature from you, a classmate, or their own before moving on. ANSWER KEY is included! Take each challenge a step further and see if the students can find multiple solutions per magic number Triangle. Great for critical and higher-level thinking. This activity requires a minimum of 20 minutes per triangle. By no means will a student finish all 4 triangle challenges, unless you stretch the challenges out.

The Nitty Gritty Tangle Activity 2

The Nitty Gritty Tangle is a great way to challenge younger students or start off on a lighter note. Don’t be fooled. These mazes are not for the faint of heart. There are a total of 7 mazes that are scaffolded to build confidence, while still facilitating a challenge.

The Nitty Gritty Puzzler Activity 3

The Puzzler, is named appropriately. This challenge includes 4 different puzzles and trust me, your students will struggle to complete them. Remember these activities are intended to cause frustration, disappointment, in order to better explain Grit and Growth Mindset. These puzzles are fun and will cause excitement and strain as students work to solve them. Two of the puzzles allow students to actually cut out the pieces to be manipulated. Great for that kinesthetic experience! Another however strictly requires only mental computation, this component truly causes a strain.

 

The Nitty Gritty Confuzzler Activity 4

The Confuzzler is SO fun and SO hard. I guarantee failure on this one. The best part is the answers are right in front of you and they become SO obvious once you finally know it! The Confuzzler includes 4 different types of word puzzles made up of: Rebuses, (Rebus), anagrams, pangrams, brainteasers, matchstick, logic puzzles and more! Give these time to marinate. The worst thing you can do is give the answers too quickly. In fact, you could try your hand at these along with the students!

 

The Nitty Gritty Scribbler Activity 5

The Nitty Gritty Scribbler includes over 28 pages such as:

  • Tricky Triple Diamond Sketch Puzzle
  • Impossible Envelope Brain Teaser Sketch Puzzle
  • Scattered Grid Puzzle Page
  • Distorted Grid Drawing Pages
  • Symmetry Drawing Pages
  • Grid Method Drawing Pages
  • Extreme Dot to Dot
  • Grit Detailed Coloring Pages
  • Growth Mindset Coloring Pages
  • + MORE

The following challenges are FREE Downloads, 2 of which are exclusive to members of On Lemon Lane! Click here to become a member, sign up is FREE and EASY. PEASY. LEMON SQUEEZY. 

As far as I’m concerned there’s no better place to foster failure than in the classroom, with a teacher like you as their guide through the depths of the learning pit. Skills like these will carry students through more than just academics.

Can’t wait to hear what you think! Better yet, what did your students think? Comment below, or let’s connect on Instagram or Facebook! Share pictures pretty please!

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Recently I was asked to share my thoughts on the Come Follow Me program during the past few months for the LDS Website in the UK. @churchofjesuschrist -
Frankly speaking the invitation made me a little sick. My biggest fear is that it would seem like we were the perfect little family with the perfect little program in place, complete with cutouts and crafts, deep discussions and daily reflection....
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This couldn't be more from the truth. Yes, I do a weekly round up of ideas and resources for Come Follow Me that I publish on my website, but that doesn't mean that it always happens within my own home. When it does happen it typically looks like a bedtime story, or a video played while the kids eat lunch... When it does happen I often fall asleep while trying to catch up on last week’s reading... Most of all, when it does happen, I notice a difference within my home. This program is divinely inspired, the simple timing of everything amplifies it's divine origin to me. -
Art by @_thecoloramber one of the most beautiful illustrations of a family I've ever laid eyes on. Words fall short on this piece. It's my absolute favorite.
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You can read the article here:
https://uk.churchofjesuschrist.org/come-follow-me-during-lockdown?lang=eng-gb
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This quote stopped me in my tracks... Make sure to head to the website for this week’s Round up of FREE Come Follow Me Resources! This week’s lesson is based on @comefollowmefamily AWESOME idea to use bubbles and balloons to teach about pride. AND @davidbowmanart released another FREE Sample video from his Drawn In, Come Follow Me monthly subscription that I know you are going to LOVE! His videos are wonderful and go beyond just a retelling of the story by diving deep into application in a language the whole family can enjoy! This is the ONLY paid subscription I use for #comefollowme Head to the website now for all of this, a coupon code, and MORE! -
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What are your takeaways from Come Follow Me this week? Do me a favor and spread the love by sharing this post or tagging a friend in the comments!
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By now we all know I love all things Lemon... Lemonade is not exception. ESPECIALLY a good tart Lemonade like @chickfila Did you know you could buy it by the Gallon??? Stay tuned... FREE Father’s Day Printable Gift Tags and a list of well received/ inexpensive gift ideas to accompany them! Whether your looking to outfit the entire ward, or just a thoughtful gift for a few of your favorite men, this post will highlight some fun ideas! -
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COMMENT BELOW: What are some of your favorite inexpensive gift ideas for #fathersday
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“And thus they become new creatures; and unless they do this, they can in nowise inherit the kingdom of God” (Mosiah 27:25–26).
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”Conversion is a process, not an event. Conversion comes as a result of righteous efforts to follow the Savior. These efforts include exercising faith in Jesus Christ, repenting of sin, being baptized, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end in faith. Although conversion is miraculous and life changing, it is a quiet miracle. Angelic visitations and other spectacular occurrences do not bring conversion. Even Alma, who saw an angel, became converted only after he “fasted and prayed many days” for a witness of the truth (Alma 5:46). And Paul, who saw the resurrected Savior, taught that “no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost” (1 Corinthians 12:3).”
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Excerpt from LDS.org
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”Our behavior is nothing more than a reflection of the depth of our conversion to Jesus Christ." Ed J. Pinegar
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What has your behavior shown today of your conversion to Jesus Christ?
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Let’s talk FATHER’S Day... I’m getting ready to add a post on my favorite inexpensive gift ideas for #fathersday along with FREE & Thoughtful printables to complete the gift. So help me out... what are your FAVORITE ideas for budget friendly, visiting teaching friendly, give every man in the ward friendly GIFT IDEAS???
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Comment Below 💛🍋💛🍋
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This week in #comefollowme has me thinking a lot about the ripple effects of our choices. Consider the #rippleeffects of your Covenants. What about the ripple effect of Abinadi’s brave stand, or the ripples caused by Alma’s conversion. What choices are you making today, what ripple effect will they have tomorrow? ...

“What is the source of such moral and spiritual power, and how do we obtain it? The source is God. Our access to that power is through our covenants with Him. A covenant is an agreement between God and man, an accord whose terms are set by God (see Bible Dictionary, “Covenant,” 651). In these divine agreements, God binds Himself to sustain, sanctify, and exalt us in return for our commitment to serve Him and keep His commandments.”
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Head to the website to see this week’s round up of FREE, featured #comefollowme resources.
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If you are carrying a burden of any type, and your shoulders are tired. Take the time to study Bednar’s, “Bear up their Burdens with Ease.”
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“Thus, the Savior has suffered not just for our sins and iniquities—but also for our physical pains and anguish, our weaknesses and shortcomings, our fears and frustrations, our disappointments and discouragement, our regrets and remorse, our despair and desperation, the injustices and inequities we experience, and the emotional distresses that beset us.

There is no physical pain, no spiritual wound, no anguish of soul or heartache, no infirmity or weakness you or I ever confront in mortality that the Savior did not experience first. In a moment of weakness we may cry out, “No one knows what it is like. No one understands.” But the Son of God perfectly knows and understands, for He has felt and borne our individual burdens. And because of His infinite and eternal sacrifice (see Alma 34:14), He has perfect empathy and can extend to us His arm of mercy. He can reach out, touch, succor, heal, and strengthen us to be more than we could ever be and help us to do that which we could never do relying only upon our own power. Indeed, His yoke is easy and His burden is light.”
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Happy Mother’s Day💛 I know this can be a day filled with complicated emotions for so many. I hope you see a brightness, feel a peace, and know that you are loved.
I love this quote from President Kimball’s talk, “The Role of Righteous Women.”
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. “No greater recognition can come to you in this world than to be known as a woman of God. No greater status can be conferred upon you than being a daughter of God who experiences true sisterhood, wifehood, and motherhood, or other tasks which influence lives for good....You need to drink in deeply the gospel truths about the eternal nature of your individual identity and the uniqueness of your personality. You need, more and more, to feel the perfect love which our Father in Heaven has for you and to sense the value he places upon you as an individual. Ponder upon these great truths, especially in those moments when (in the stillness of such anxiety... know that our Father in Heaven is aware of your anguish, and that one day he will bless you beyond your capacity to express.”
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To all of my sweet sisters, Happy Mother’s Day💛💛💛 Don’t forget about the free Mother’s Day Printables you can download from the website. I used the Drink Deeply printable to complete these fun, inexpensive gifts 💛
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With this week’s focus on Abinadi like faith, I’ve been reflecting on times when I had the choice to stand for what I believe. A story I’m often reminded of is one my mother told me about a time where she had to stand firm. Her example anchored me when I faced similar situations. .
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Share a time when you had to stand, or a favorite story about someone having Abinadi like faith💛 Then head to the website to see this week’s #comefollowme FREE resources and activities.
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For this week’s #comefollowme activity I wanted to focus on Abinadi, and his courage. What gave him the courage to face those that would not just have him imprisoned or killed, but burned, and to meet them with such strength. I think so much of the answer is conversion. Do you feel that Come Follow Me has lead you to a greater conversion?
Comment below, then head to the website to see this week’s roundup of FREE resources, activities and printables.
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Looking for an easy, inexpensive gift idea for Mother’s Day? Whether you’re looking for a ministering gift, something for a family member or loved one, or even the ENTIRE ward?! Check out my list of FAVORITES. All inexpensive, practical, and something the women in your life actually want! ***Did I mention I’ve included 5 FREE gift tag printables to complete the gift! Head to the website now! 🍋🌷🍋🌷🍋🌷🍋🌷🍋🌷🍋
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What’s the best INEXPENSIVE Mother’s Day gift you’ve ever been given or that you’ve gifted someone else?!
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I personally was extremely touched and impressed by the following quotes I stumbled across pertaining to the blessings one receives when they do work for their ancestors or loved ones that have passed. My goal was to find one powerful quote to use in the images for this blog post, but I couldn’t pick just one. I had to share them all with you. ***Head to the website to see my favorites! Prophets and apostles have literally promised that when we are involved in family history work we will receive help and support from the other side, spiritual protection, an increase in our testimony and conversion, as well as an enhanced temple experience… Wow. Yet another nudge it’s time to get to work. ...

This question from last week’s Come Follow Me Lesson really struck me: “What stories from our lives or our ancestors’ lives can we share to inspire greater trust in God?”
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What are you doing to preserve those stories in your own life, family members, or ancestors?
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30 years old... The first thing Benson asked this morning was to see how much I’ve grown. I chuckled when he let me know that I certainly had gotten bigger, my belly even seemed more noticeable to Lovie. The only thing that seems to be growing right now is the baby in my belly (Watch the video for the gender reveal, ***party thrown before social distancing) I can’t help but reflect and want to document a little bit about this strange time. -
When businesses started shutting down, and the orders of social distancing were put in place, I watched in horror as my schedule fell apart. I had read a quote about how tragedy or stress can only cause what was already in your cup to spill over.... So instead of gratitude and joy, out spilled the anxiety, anger, and sadness...etc that I had suppressed and masked for so long because of my schedule. I’ve always been this way. If there’s an openness, or emptiness and I’m the one left to fill the time, the emptiness overwhelms me. I thrive with structure, I struggle to set it. So here I was left to face the openness with all of my tools, activities, and things to set a schedule around taken. I was left empty handed with nothing to hide behind, staring directly at this part of me I had always known was there, but never fully confronted. -
In the past few weeks, I have grown. I’m nowhere near where I need to be, or where I want to be, but I’ve grown. I’ve felt myself adapt and get a little better, a little stronger, and a little more “ok” each week, and for that experience I will be forever grateful. -
When everything fell apart it was my literal nightmare when it comes to my mental health. (I know this sounds trivial, and I know so many have experienced true tragedy and loss through this, please know I do not take that lightly nor am I trying to take away from that, this has simply been what I’ve experienced and I know that degree is menial compared to the true loss others have felt. My hope and prayer is that you too have felt strengthened; comforted, or edified through this.) -
So here I am, 30 years old today. Though this day looks nothing like I thought it would have, (continued in comments)
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30 years old... The first thing Benson asked this morning was to see how much I’ve grown. I chuckled when he let me know that I certainly had gotten bigger, my belly even seemed more noticeable to Lovie. The only thing that seems to be growing right now is the baby in my belly (Watch my story for the gender reveal, ***party thrown before social distancing) I can’t help but reflect and want to document a little bit about this strange time. -
When businesses started shutting down, and the orders of social distancing were put in place, I watched in horror as my schedule fell apart. I had read a quote about how tragedy or stress can only cause what was already in your cup to spill over.... So instead of gratitude and joy, out spilled the anxiety, anger, and sadness...etc that I had suppressed and masked for so long because of my schedule. I’ve always been this way. If there’s an openness, or emptiness and I’m the one left to fill the time, the emptiness overwhelms me. I thrive with structure, I struggle to set it. So here I was left to face the openness with all of my tools, activities, and things to set a schedule around taken. I was left empty handed with nothing to hide behind, staring directly at this part of me I had always known was there, but never fully confronted. -
In the past few weeks, I have grown. I’m nowhere near where I need to be, or where I want to be, but I’ve grown. I’ve felt myself adapt and get a little better, a little stronger, and a little more “ok” each week, and for that experience I will be forever grateful. -
When everything fell apart it was my literal nightmare when it comes to my mental health. (I know this sounds trivial, and I know so many have experienced true tragedy and loss through this, please know I do not take that lightly nor am I trying to take away from that, this has simply been what I’ve experienced and I know that degree is menial compared to the true loss others have felt. My hope and prayer is that you too have felt strengthened; comforted, or edified through this.) -
So here I am, 30 years old today. Though this day looks nothing like I thought it would have, (continued in comments)
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What is the source of such moral and spiritual power, and how do we obtain it? The source is God. Our access to that power is through our covenants with Him. A covenant is an agreement between God and man, an accord whose terms are set by God (see Bible Dictionary, “Covenant,” 651). In these divine agreements, God binds Himself to sustain, sanctify, and exalt us in return for our commitment to serve Him and keep His commandments.
- Elder D. Todd Christofferson
Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
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This week’s round-up of FREE lesson helps and resources for #comefollowme are live on the blog! The majority will help you connect and teach the importance and the WHY of making and keeping sacred covenants. I’m thinking this week we will take a little field trip to a near by temple to enjoy the peace and beauty of the grounds💛 What’s YOUR plan for teaching Come Follow Me this week? ...

This week’s #comefollowme lesson is all about service. I’ve listed ideas for service projects that we can do despite our limitations during the COVID19 outbreak... However, I want to hear YOUR ideas. ..
What are the big or small ways we can serve others during this time? ..
What are some ideas for how children can help serve or uplift others? ..
What is something you’ve been doing intentionally during this time to help your family or those around you?
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COMMENT BELOW! I can’t wait to read your ideas 💛💛
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