How do I do it?
This cat is inspired by the "steps" graphic (see below). How do I do it? I can do it. I will do it! (cheezburger) For more versions of the steps and a transcription, see this post.
Knowledge is enjoyable
This cat is inspired by a quote from Jackie's Gerstein's blog post on the creativity mindset; see her infographic below: Creative people want to know things–all kinds of things– just to know them. Knowledge does not require a reason. The question, “Why do you want to know that?” seems strange to the creative person, who is likely to respond, “Because I don’t know the answer.” Knowledge is enjoyable and often useful in strange and unexpected ways. (from Introduction to Creative Thinking by…
Failure teaches you to deal with disappointment.
Today's cat is inspired by a great infographic from Sylvia Duckworth; see below. Failure teaches you to deal with disappointment. Here's the graphic, and here's a transcription:
My mistakes help me grow.
I was inspired to make this cat by the graphic below: My mistakes help me grow. (cheezburger) Here's the graphic that one of my students used in a growth mindset post; I've transcribed it below: I am not afraid of a challenge. I can train my brain to do it. I can't do it yet... with effort I can! My mistakes help me grow!
Creativity allows you to express yourself.
This cat was inspired by the Duckworth-Robinson graphic about the benefits of creativity; see below. Creativity allows you to express yourself. (cheezburger) You can see the transcription here.
Hard work leads to positive results.
Today's cat is inspired by Jackie Gerstein's infographic on the maker mindset / growth mindset intersection: Hard work leads to positive results. (cheezburger) There is a transcription of the infographic here:
I like to try new things.
It's a "stop-and-smell-the-roses" kind of approach, but not just limited to roses! :-) I like to try new things. (cheezburger) I used this infographic for today's cat; see transcript here.
Forget about perfect... just get the job done!
Today's growth mindset cat was inspired by this gorgeous cartoon from Grant Snider below, and notice that this is cats plus a child too. Children totally get the growth mindset approach. :-) Forget about perfect... just get the job done! (cheezburger) Here is Grant Snider's cartoon; more at his website: Incidental Comics.
I will train my brain by reading books.
Growth mindset is very much about "training your brain," which is a phrase I found at the infographic below; it has some good suggestions for coaching yourself for a growth mindset! I will train my brain by reading books. (cheezburger) Change your words... CHANGE YOUR MINDSET: transcription here.
Learn what triggers your fears
Today's cat was inspired by an infographic about managing your negative thoughts. You can disrupt your fear by thinking about it, and analyzing what triggers your negative thoughts: Learn what triggers your fears. (cheezburger) Here is a transcript: How to Manage Negative Thoughts.
I will try again!
Today's kitten is stuck. Analyze the problem... and then try again! What isn't working here? I will try again! (cheezburger) As inspired by this graphic (transcribed here):
To write well, you must practice!
To write well, you must practice! (cheezburger) This cat is inspired by a quote from Sol Stein: "Ballet dancers practice technique. Pianists wear down their black and white keys with hours of daily practice. Actors rehearse and rehearse again... By practice one learns to use what one has understood. Only writers, it seems, expect to achieve some level of mastery without practice."
Creativity gives you a sense of pride.
This cat was inspired by the Duckworth-Robinson graphic about the benefits of creativity; see below. Creativity gives you a sense of pride. (cheezburger) You can see the transcription here.