By Brandi Quintero
I use the fairy tale exercise to get my learners working with the concept of growth mindset. I took lower grade activities created by Whimsical Workshop Teaching and built on them to create a high school escape classroom STEM / Growth Mindset / Team Building activity all in one!
First, Learners have to work together to solve a riddle that lets them know what fairy tale they would be working with. Next, they act out parts of the script and rewrite the characters’ language to reflect a change from growth mindset to a fixed mindset or vice versa.
Finally, they need to work together and imagine ways the character could have solved their problems if they had a growth mindset. For example, in Rapunzel’s case, they created solutions to help her escape the tower.
The exercise helps learners understand that it is better to make a plan. They learned to use ALL the resources in the room, including each other to help get through the activities. They learned that there is always a way, they might just not have found it yet.