I did Elizabeth’s Talking Points group work activity today with my 8th graders and it was great. Instead of just focusing on talking about talking, I included several prompts involving growth mindset, which we debriefed afterwards. Students were sharing their ideas with each other and actually LISTENING to each other! I think we set the tone for a good year and began to instill in students that our class is one where mistakes are embraced and students can take risks without being ridiculed.
If you want to take a look at the prompts we used, you can check them out here.