Developing a growth mindset in my students is something that I strive to achieve each year. I actively teach them about being resilient and accepting failure as a positive over a negative. I encourage my students to make mistakes and challenge them to step out of their comfort zones because if we are always right and always do what makes us feel comfortable how are we going to learn?
The Lego Learning Pit I have displayed in my classroom helps give students a visual reminder of this and allows them to track their learning progress when things are challenging. It allows them to rethink their learning process and consider different ways or tools they can use to find an answer to their problem or to develop their understanding of a task.
Being in the Learning Pit is not a negative thing and it is something we celebrate. EVERYONE must go into the put at some time. Sometimes its a quick visit to the bottom of the pit before we can climb out the other side, other times it can be weeks. Everyone will go in and out of the pit at different times. What makes your time in the pit useful however is trying out various tools to overcome your challenges. We have the 5 B's that give students tools to assist them.
When I first heard of the learning pit by James Nottingham I was instantly excited to use it in my classroom. I searched the internet for the perfect one to suit my teaching classroom and my style. After not being able to find it I created my own- by hand, cutting each Lego brick out individually. After seeing the reaction from people on our Instagram page I decided to create a a digital version to share with others.
Well did they go crazy! We have sold over 200 copies of both our Lego and Cactus versions and are so excited to help students all over develop positive growth mindsets.
The Learning Pit has been one of the most successful tools for changing students mindset that I have encountered and used. My students are much more resilient, much more confident in making mistakes and willing to take on challenges more freely.
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