Zany Brainy Can Learn Anything!
Zany Brainy Can Learn Anything! is a growth mindset curriculum for early elementary age students.
In this unit, I use Zany Brainy to externalize how students think about their mistakes. Students learn to think of mistakes as a form of learning, rather than the failure to learn.
When they make a mistake and feel frustrated or disappointed, I teach students to STOP: stretch, take a walk, open arms for a hug, or practice deep breathing. These are suggestions for how to return to a calm space, in which they are 'ready to learn.'
I also teach students ways to make their brain STRONG: be silly (yes, laughing helps us learn!), talk about their learning, read, make oopsies (mistakes help us learn too), numbers, and games.
Two other characters I introduce are Chaos - the things in the world that are out of our control; and Rainy Day thinking, which is essentially fixed mindset thoughts.