A continual focus in my classroom is helping my students build a growth mindset. One quote I've seen time and time again when it comes to mindset is "Mistakes are expected, respected, inspected, and corrected." I've seen this attributed to Jo Boaler and her "How to Learn Math" course.

This summer, I decided that I wanted to post this on the wall in my classroom as a reminder to students. I looked online to see if anybody else had already made a poster, but I didn't see anything that really caught my eye. Though, there might have been a great one that I just missed somehow... To be honest, I didn't spend all that much time looking.

Here's what I came up with:

I originally wanted the words at the bottom to be printed on two different colors of paper and be alternated, but I accidentally loaded two sheets of orange paper in my printer. So, orange it is!

Here are close-ups of the different elements:

As soon as I can get access to my classroom, I'll post a picture of them in action!

If you'd like to post these in your own classroom, I've uploaded the files here as an editable Publisher file and a non-editable PDF file. For the Publisher file, you'll need to also download these free fonts: Wellfleet and Caviar Dreams. If you don't want to deal with fonts, just download the PDF version.

Thank you so much for sharing your resources. You continue to be an inspiration to me.

ReplyDeleteYou're very welcome!

DeleteThis is great! I'm thinking about my own growth mindset/mistake wall and this will be a great addition! Thanks!

ReplyDelete- @mskleinbart

Awesome idea!

DeleteThank you for sharing your ideas and resources. After 20 years of teaching primary grades, I am to teach 6th grade math this year. I am excited, but nervous! You have inspired me to try your great ideas.

ReplyDeleteHope you have fun teaching math!

DeleteAwesome resource to encourage students to keep trying!!! Thanks for sharing!

ReplyDeleteThanks LaKeshia!

DeleteThank you.

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DeleteThis is great!! I hope it will give students confidence to keep moving forward!!

ReplyDeleteMe too!

DeleteYes, thank you for sharing.

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DeleteAwesome poster. Inspirational for everybody.

ReplyDeleteThank you Kathy!

DeleteThis is awesome! Thanks for always sharing the things you come up with! :)

ReplyDeleteThanks Adina!

DeleteHi Sarah,

DeleteYou should just know: I have your sign hanging in my 8th grade classroom this year, and it is my most-referenced math decoration (maybe I need a word wall, but that's another discussion)! My students have all memorized it and can repeat it back in unison :). I constantly reference it when I make mistakes in class, when students make mistakes, when I teach new concepts and skills, and when we do test corrections after every test I give. So thank you again! It has really made a difference in my students' math experience this year.

Thank you for sharing this! I have just started reading Jo Boaler's book, and I'm excited to use this in my own classroom as a starting point!

ReplyDeleteYay! Glad you can use it!

Deletegreat idea, I got to translate it for my pupils (Germany)

ReplyDeleteSo awesome you are translating it for your own classroom!

DeleteGreat reminder for kids that mistakes are a part of learning. Thank you for sharing. Pinned onto our "Ideas for Classroom" board!

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DeleteThis works for little children and adults too. We all need a little encouragement and not to forget that learning is a lifelong process. Thanks for sharing Sarah!

ReplyDeleteAgreed!

DeleteLove it! Simple and easy. Have you noticed a difference this year in how your students viewed mistakes? I want to have more growth mindset posters up in my room, do you have any others that you've used that students have responded to?

ReplyDeleteHonestly, I'm not sure if there has been a big difference. This year's bunch of students is incredibly different from last year's so it's hard compare. Another fav growth mindset poster is this bulletin board: http://mathequalslove.blogspot.com/2014/08/growth-mindset-and-sbg-bulletin-board.html

DeleteThanks for sharing! This is a great free poster too.

ReplyDeletehttps://twitter.com/ericcurts/status/847177073923895297

I haven't seen that one before. Awesome!

DeleteCool poster! I think it allows kids to feel safe and that making mistakes is okay.

ReplyDeleteThank you for sharing your amazing work! My first day of teaching is tomorrow, even though I am a little terrified, I have been incredibly inspired by your ideas. Growth mindset for the win!

ReplyDeleteThank you for providing the file :)

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