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Social and Emotional Learning: Flip Your Thoughts Cards

By Chhlorm Vattey, Cambodia

20 minutes

Lesson Plan


  1. Arrange students into small groups. 

  2. Give each group a set of fixed mindset statement cards. A fixed mindset statement card might say, “I give up.” or “This is good enough.” 

  3. Ask the students to discuss if they have ever had similar experiences or feelings to those written on the cards. 

  4. Give students a set of growth mindset statement cards and ask them to match a fixed mindset statement with a growth mindset statement. For example, “This is too difficult. I can’t do it.” should match with “I need to learn more about it so I can do it.”

Ask students to discuss the results and share their feelings towards both fixed and growth mindset statements.

5. Provide students with new fixed mindset statements and ask them to practice converting them to growth mindset statements.


  • It is very important to give students a chance to reflect on their own experiences with fixed and growth mindsets. Only when students can talk openly about their doubts can they successfully turn those doubts into positives! 

  • Always model each step by giving sample statements and openly sharing your own experiences. 

  • Always remind your students, “It’s not easy to change your mindset. It takes practice and effort to build self-confidence and turn a fixed mindset into a growth mindset.”

Teacher: Chhlorm Vattey, Cambodia

Vattey has been teaching young children for ten years. She is interested in encouraging children to learn to read in their early ages and continues to motivate young people to read more and more to expand their worlds. She has been a facilitator for Mangrove’s Teachers’ Co-op.

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