January 30, 2015

Supporting Classroom Instruction - Growth Mindset with the Towers of Hanoi

As part of an effort to support a growth mindset in our classroom, Andrew Protz and I started today's Modern World History class with a game, The Towers of Hanoi. Included in the resources from Learning and the Adolescent Mind by The Charles A Dana Center at UT Austin, this puzzle encouraged students to engage in a productive struggle. Innovations' scholars were soon adding rings to their towers, seeing how few moves they could solve the puzzle in, and helping one another to complete each tower. It was a wonderful way to frame a discussion around the importance of learning from mistakes and the power of persistence.

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