Debate Quotes

25 Minute Exercise  |  Preparation and Student Instructions

Preparation: 
Of the 20 Sample Growth Mindset Quotes, select 9 that best match your student’s dispositions and/or learning needs

      • Prepare a large sheet of paper with selected quotes for students to vote via sticker dots or tally marks
      • Generate a targeted Growth Mindset Quote Thinksheet for students to select from – prior to voting on the large sheet of paper 

Sample Growth Mindset Quotes  |  Symposium 2014 – The Makings of an Extraordinary Challenge

Preparation

Of the 20 Sample Growth Mindset Quotes, select 9 statements that best match your student’s dispositions and/or learning needs within this challenge.

Great works are performed, not by strength, but by perseverance. Samuel Johnson

Dreams don’t work unless you do. John C. Maxwell

It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed. Theodore Roosevelt

Challenges are what make life interesting. Overcoming them is what makes life meaningful. Joshua J. Marine

You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it. Margaret Thatcher

Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays youngHenry Ford

Don’t tell me how talented you are. Tell me how hard you work. Artur Rubenstein

When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals, adjust the action steps. Confucius

There is no problem that can withstand the onslaught of sustained thinking. Bob Greenleaf

Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success. Napoleon Hill

Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasmWinston Churchill

Failure is success if we learn from itMalcolm Forbes

The first principle is that you must not fool yourself, and you are the easiest person to fool. Richard P. Feynman

We find comfort among those who agree with us, and growth among those who don’tFrank A. Clark

There is always a step small enough from where we are to get us to where we want to be. If we take that small step, there’s always another we can take, and eventually a goal thought to be too far to reach becomes achievableEllen Langer

Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice; it is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achievedWinston Churchill

It takes 20 years to make an overnight success. Eddie Cantor

If you don’t give anything, don’t expect anything. Success is not coming to you, you must come to itMarva Collins

The best years of your life are the ones in which you decide your problems are your own. You do not blame them on your mother, the ecology, or the president. You realize that you control your own destiny. Albert Ellis

There is always a step small enough from where we are to get us to where we want to be. If we take that small step, there’s always another we can take, and eventually a goal thought to be too far to reach becomes achievable. Ellen Langer



5 minutes:    
Students read Growth Mindset Quote Thinksheet – then circle 3 quotes that are most meaningful (below is only an example)

      • Invite students to place a sticker dot or tally mark next to quotes on the large sheet of paper – then wrap up voting process by identifying which 3 quotes received the most tallies from the entire class

      • Now divide class into 3 teams – assign each team with one of the selected quotes
      • Split teams in half, one sub-group supports the quote (for) and the other challenges its meaning (against)
Example:

Growth Mindset Quote Thinksheet  |  Symposium 2014 – The Makings of an Extraordinary Challenge

Instructions

1.     Circle your top 3 Growth Mindset Quotes – search for statements that are of most relevant to you

2.     Then place your sticker dot (or tally mark) next to those quotes on the large sheet of paper

Great works are performed, not by strength, but by perseverance.

Challenges are what make life interesting.
Overcoming them is what makes life meaningful
.

Don’t tell me how talented you are.
Tell me how hard you work
.

When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached,
don’t adjust the goals, adjust the action steps
.

There is no problem that can withstand the onslaught of sustained thinking.

Patience, persistence, and perspiration make an
unbeatable combination for success
.

The first principle is that you must not fool yourself,
and you are the easiest person to fool
.

We find comfort among those who agree with us,
and growth among those who don’t
.

Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice;
it is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved
.



Template:

Growth Mindset Quote Thinksheet  |  Symposium 2014 – The Makings of an Extraordinary Challenge

Instructions

®      Circle your top 3 Growth Mindset Quotes – search for statements that are of most relevant to you

®      Then place your sticker dot (or tally mark) next to those quotes on the large sheet of paper

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