It is no secret that some students have an unfair advantage in life. Perhaps they are born with natural abilities and gifts? Or, perhaps they were born into a wealthy family and have access to more resources and opportunity? Or, maybe just maybe, they’re the kind of kid who simply learns quickly – things come to them easily.
Not all children are so lucky.
We often teach kids about Growth Mindset; the idea that we can always learn and grow. If a child hasn’t mastered something, according to Carol Dweck’s research, we should teach them “the power of yet” – that they haven’t learned…yet.
But, have you heard of Benefit Mindset? According to Ash Buchanan, a Benefit Mindset encourages us to think about how we help and serve others. Where a Growth Mindset is about ME, a Benefit Mindset is about WE.
This activity, adapted from a famous lesson on privilege, gets students thinking about the value in helping others to change the world.