Chart Talk Activity Flow

Growth Mindset New Concept Chart Talk Activity

15 Minute New Concept Chart Talk  |  Preparations and Student Instructions

Prepare and hang nine T-Charts on large sheets of paper around the room - one for each new concept / descriptor (see New Concept Student Example Thinksheet)

Design Learning Network Challenges offer students the opportunity to learn how to become confident and creative problem-solvers, take ownership of their learning, and make good choices.

To that end, The Makings of an Extraordinary Challenge is anchored in powerful new concepts and ways of thinking designed to challenge students to grow their mindsets and become consciously aware of their:

*         Level of confidence as a creative problem solver

*         Growth and fixed mindset dispositions

*         Decision making practices

3 minutes:    
Introduce students to new concepts posted around the room:

1)     Empathy – the ability to relate to someone else’s feelings, wants, and needs

2)     Disposition – a person’s expression of mind and character (personality based on situation)

3)     Dilemma – a difficult situation

4)     Challenge – solving a problem that requires oneself to push beyond their comfort zone

5)     Adversity – a problematic barrier that stands in one’s way to success

6)     Creativity – the production of original thoughts, solutions, or expressions

7)     Design – to plan [a product, experience, service, etc.] with a specific purpose or intention in mind

8)     Innovation – to create a novel (new and useful) idea that goes beyond the norm

9)     Divergent Thinking – to explore many ideas and alternative points of view vs. single perspective

10)  Sustainable – an offering [product, experience, service…] that uses self-sufficient resources

3 minutes:    
Ask students to write their own brief examples / descriptions of concepts on the New Concept Student Example Thinksheet

9 minutes:    
Students then transfer their responses onto large T-Charts and then take the opportunity to read one another’s responses

T-Charts serve as Parking Lots for students to add and/or adjust information as well as reference material throughout the challenge (in other words, the information is easily accessible).