You've probably also heard of Class Dojo, an exceptional classroom management software that is used by over 50% of elementary schools in the US.
What you probably haven't heard of is the animated duo of Mojo & Katie, which I aim to rectify. These two lovable characters are the stars of the Class Dojo Growth Mindset Video Series that in less than 2-3 minutes per video will both entertain and simply explain to your child the concepts of growth mindsets and how to apply them. Here are five reasons why the Class Dojo Growth Mindset video series will benefit your kids.
1. Your child will learn how the brain is like a muscle.
In Episode 1, "A Secret About the Brain," Mojo learns that anyone can get smarter! You have to work at it. Your brain is like a muscle. When you try challenging things, your mind gets the exercise it needs to keep developing.
2. Your child will learn that making mistakes is part of learning!
In Episode 2, "The Magic of Mistakes," Mojo learns that building a robot is much harder then he expects. Mojo keeps trying but eventually gives up. Thankfully Katie stops by to remind Mojo that mistakes are no big deal and they can even make you smarter! It all depends on how you react to them. If you give up, your brain gets lazy and doesn't get the exercise needed to grow. The trick is to learn from mistakes, which helps your mind get stronger.
3. Your child will learn that by adding the word "Yet" to the end of any negative statement, it turns a bleak situation into a hopeful perspective!
4. Your child will learn how to rewire their brain!
5. Your child will learn that working on challenging things is the only way to grow your brain!
In Episode 5, "Mojo Puts It All Together," Mojo and Katie apply everything they've learned to try to launch a rocket ship in the elementary school playground. (aren't these two great). As you can imagine, things didn't go as planned (and fortunately no one got hurt). While Katie positively reflects that at least trying gave their brain some exercise, Mojo has a hard time sleeping. "What's the point in exercising the brain, if in the end you always fail?", he thinks. However, on reflecting more, he realizes three key points.
If you've read this far, and still haven't played these videos, then what are you waiting for? Trust me, rewatching the videos in preparation for this article; I was reminded how top notch they are.
Class Dojo partnered with Stanford's Project for Education Research center (PERTS) to produce these videos so that Class Dojo could leverage its incredible distribution (>50% of elementary schools), while researchers can learn new insights into how learning about growth mindset changes children's ability to learn.
In our free & fun, seven day, Growth Mindset Scavenger Hunt, children watch these five videos and learn these valuable lessons. We ask parents to discuss these learnings with their children during daily family dinner time, and even be vulnerable with their kids by sharing mistakes parents have made and times when parents themselves felt stretched. This dialogue is essential in helping kids realize that the challenges they think they are facing, have been faced by others, and with help, effort, and the right strategy, your child can and will overcome many challenges in their life.Sign up now to join the next game which starts this Monday. Its free and fun!
Once you've signed up, if you are looking to learn more about growth mindset, please check out: 27 Examples of a Growth vs. Fixed Mindset in Kids.