Video Lesson

Resources, discussion questions, and links.

Training Title: Creating A Growth Mindset Versus a Fixed Mindset

 Domain: The Classroom Environment

Establishing a Culture for Learning

A Digital Module by Meg Ormiston 


In this video lesson, educators will understand the difference between a fixed mindset versus a growth mindset. This current research will be explained as it applies to schools, teachers, and students.


When this research is applied in education students are the winners for life. A growth mindset is critical for success today and in the future.

Outcomes After Watching the Video

  1. After watching this video lesson and reflecting on current practice, teachers will understand the difference between a fixed and growth mindset.
  2. After completing this lesson a teacher will be able to share with colleagues and students the language of a growth mindset.
  3. After watching this video lesson teachers will have resources to take and use immediately with students.

Resources and Tutorials

Carol Dweck’s Ted Talk

Developing a growth mindset with teachers

Mindset book

Test your mindset

Getting started article

Graphic from Grit to Learned Helplessness

Growth mindset video

Graphic about growth mindset

Padlet activity

Class DoJo

Class DoJo video

PowerPoint template source

 Review or Dissemination Question

  1. How would you describe the difference between a growth mindset and a fixed mindset?
  2. What type of mindset do you have?
  3. What applications does this growth mindset have for your students?
  4. Looking at your staff as a whole through the lens of a growth mindset, what do you feel like are the next steps for the adults in the building?
  5. Do you believe someone can change their mindset? Explain your answer.
  6. Give one example of how you exhibit a growth mindset in some aspect of your life.
  7. How do you plan to introduce this concept to your staff or students?
  8. How would you explain a growth mindset to someone that has never heard the term?
  9. What would you like to learn more about?

Illinois Standards

Model digital age work and learning

Promote and model digital citizenship and responsibility

Engage in professional growth and leadership

Learning Forward Standards

 Outcomes: Professional learning that increases educator effectiveness and results for all students aligns with educator performance and student curriculum standards.

Purpose(s) for Activity– Select all of the purposes that apply.

Increase the knowledge and skills of school and district leaders who guide continuous professional development.

Improve learning of students.

Organize adults into learning communities whose goals are aligned with those of the school and district.

About Meg Ormiston

Meg Ormiston is a teacher first and a classroom tech specialist after that. She stays grounded by working directly with students and teachers whenever she can. Meg is one of the nation’s leading experts in educational technology as it connects to teaching, but her positive and engaging energy is the first thing people notice about her. Meg’s favorite time of year is when she is the lead learner, the coach, and the inspiration to teachers in her tech boot camps. She is in her element when she is surrounded by groups of classroom teachers all creating, collaborating, and laughing as they are learning.

Ms. Ormiston partners with school systems that are committed to 21st century learning experiences for everyone. Meg creates a partnership that is unique in each district, reflecting the mission, vision, and direction that local leaders have identified. Her district-wide projects have included guiding teams through the visioning process, designing and delivering professional development, classroom modeling, developing student leaders in technology, and educating parents. Throughout the process, Meg calls it like she sees it and will not settle for excuses like, “this is how we have always done it.” Meg is about change, and she moves fast.

Meg is often called the “teacher’s teacher” because she structures professional development to insure that each participant is successful by creating fun, upbeat, and creative experiences that are differentiated to meet the needs of all (from the technophobic to the shining tech stars). Meg starts with standards and learning goals and then connects the appropriate tech tools because her style encourages learning by doing.

Meg is a teacher, keynote speaker, and author of seven books. After twelve years in the classroom teaching and coaching, Meg volunteered on her local school board, facilitated grant projects, and continued researching and writing about best practices. Meg has a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction and her book, Creating a Digital Rich Classroom, won book of the year in 2011.

Meg travels globally, sharing her passion about real change in the classroom. She lives in the suburbs of Chicago with her husband Brian, and sons Danny and Patrick as well as her golden retriever puppy, Sonoma. Contact Meg today to bring lasting change to your school district meg(at) or on Twitter @megormi


Recent Books

Ormiston, Meghan J. Create Future-Ready Classrooms, Now!. Vol. 1, Bloomington, Indiana: Solution Tree, 2015.

Ormiston, Meghan J. Designing Teacher-Student Partnership Classrooms Vol. 1, Bloomington, Indiana: Solution Tree, 2015.

Ormiston, Meghan J. Creating a Digital Rich Classroom: Teaching and Learning in a Web 2.0 World. Vol. 1, Bloomington, Indiana: Solution Tree, 2011.

Contact: Meg


Creating a Growth Mindset

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