Debate Preparations

5 minutes:    
As guided by the Growth Mindset Debate Preparation sheet, each sub-group (for or against) prepares for the debate by presenting no more than 3 points of view to make in their argument (students have access to growth and fixed mindset disposition examples below)

12 minutes:  

      • Each sub-group has 1 minute to present their position to their counterparts (3 points of view) – 6 minutes
      • Then each  teams engages in a 2 minute debate with their subgroups – 6 minutes

3 minutes:    
Wrap up the session with a show of hands – “which argument (for or against) was the most compelling”

      • Now discuss which arguments most align with a growth or fixed mindset, and why? (see below)
      • As time allows, challenge students to select the most compelling point for each sub-group’s argument.

Growth Mindset Debate Preparation  |  Symposium 2014 – The Makings of an Extraordinary Challenge


  1. Enter your team’s quote in the space provided below

  2. Within your sub-group, discuss the meaning of the quote and how best to form your position – either for or against

  3. Prepare your compelling argument with no more than 3 points of view.

Enter Quote


Compelling Argument – Points of View