Document Type

Instructional Material

Publication Date

Summer 6-2015

Abstract

This unit aims to support students and teachers in developing a better understanding of growth mindset. While previous understandings of the brain posited that it was a static device with a fixed capacity for learning, growth, and talent, newer findings suggest that this is not the case. When faced with new challenges, learning opportunities, and even failures, the brain will forge new neural pathways. This unit explores the concept of neuroplasticity, the malleability of the brain, and explicit instruction on what power we have to rewire our thinking and behavior patterns. This unit also explores mindfulness as one such practice that can help students analyze and regulate their emotions and their response to stress.

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