Growth mindset seems to be a popular buzz-phrase in the education field lately. Among SLPs, and particularly when discussing social cognition, the term “flexible thinking” is prominent. Semantics aside, kids love learning about the brain and the idea that they can control their brains is empowering on many levels.
I’ve found the book Your Fantastic Elastic Brain by Dr. JoAnn Deak, to be a wonderful resource when discussing our brains and cognition with students. It’s a fun, playful book that simplifies complex ideas (like neural plasticity) with colorful illustrations and engaging text. My students especially love this quote: “Making mistakes is one of the best ways your brain learns and grows. If you aren’t willing to risk being wrong, you won’t take the chances that S-T-R-E-T-C-H your elastic brain.
If you teach your students about their brains, Your Fantastic Elastic Brain is a great resource. The illustrations and context are engaging and lend itself to other language skill targets, especially vocabulary. You could also easily collaborate with classroom teachers as a science or health lesson.