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Lesson 11: Personal Relationships: Strengths & Weaknesses (Grows & Glows)


Purpose: Students will learn about mindsets and how to frame their mindsets to identify personal attributes and areas of growth. (Self-Awareness, Self-Management, Self-Efficacy, Social Management)

LIA Themes: Team Building, Leadership, Professionalism, Responsive Conflict Resolution

Setting the Stage

Display the quote on the board and have students respond to one of the prompts as they get in their seats. 

OPTIONAL: Play culturally relevant music as students enter the class.

OPTIONAL: Lead students in a midline crossing activity. Use Educational Kinesiology document to find useful resources. 

45-60 minute lesson


Students will

  • Develop and enhance their linguistic proficiency (2.1).
  • Demonstrate leadership skills (2.2.B.)
  • Students will use reflection and metacognition to develop critical thinking skills (2.3.)
  • Identify personal positive attributes, marketable skills, and talents they can offer (3.1.B.)
  • Develop the needed skills to be successful in honors, AP, and college-level courses in the future (3.2.B).
  • Students will learn the characteristics of being a good leader (5.1)
  • Evaluate changes in thinking, identifying-trade offs (WIDA ELD-SI.4-12.Argue).
  • Evaluate the impact of word choices (WIDA ELD-LA.4-5.Inform.Interpretive).


Strengths & Weaknesses (Grows & Glows)

R.11 Slide Deck

Review objectives of the lesson with students (slide #5)
As students take their seats

Students will respond to the prompt in their journal / daily worksheet. Prompt suggestions:

  • What is one of your strengths?
  • What is one of your weaknesses?

Provide 5-7 minutes for students to write their reflections. Display a timer on the board if able. 

OPTIONAL: Ask students to share reflections. They can pair-share, group-share in tables, or volunteer responses to the class. 

For virtual class: 

  • Allow students to use the chat, a discussion board, or unmute their microphones to share responses with the class. 


Lesson steps

  • (I do) (slide #6) Distribute Loteria Card to all students. Explain that the purpose is to fill in the entire card with student signatures. After there are three winners OR after a determined amount of time, students will return to their seats.
    ADAPTATION: change the wording in the squares to better match the strengths you see in your class.
    ADAPTATION: modify the rules of the game as works best for your class. 
  • (You Do) Distribute a new card to all students and have them circle or write their names in the squares that apply to them, and an X over the squares that do not. 
  • (slide #7) On the back of the sheet or a separate sheet of paper, have students make a T chart of strengths (glows) and weaknesses (grows) from the Loteria card.
    EXTENSION: Invite students to think of other strengths or weaknesses to add to their chart. 
  • (I do) Read slide #8 to students, providing the examples in the notes section. 
  • (We do) Explain that fixed mindsets can be positive or negative self talk (slide #9), have students help fill out the chart. 
  • (You do) in small groups, students will brainstorm ways to turn their T-chart grows into glows (slide #10). 

Reflection: WHAT? | SO WHAT? | NOW WHAT? (slide #11)

Initiate reflection using the questions below. Students can reflect quietly or in writing before sharing out in pairs, as a group, or as a class. 

  • What? What were your thoughts and feelings as you participated in this activity?
  • So what? Why do you think it’s important to have a growth mindset as a leader?
  • Now what? What will you do with what you’ve learned about growth mindset, strengths, and weaknesses today?

Virtual Class Adaptations:  

  • Conduct the lesson on an established LMS or use tools such as FlipGrid, Canvas, Miro, Google Classroom, or other interactive platform. 
  • Invite students to use the chat option to share their responses. 


Exit ticket: Students complete one of the following prompts

  1. As a leader, why is it important to know your strengths and weaknesses?
  2. What are the benefits of having a growth mindset?

In Person Class Assessment Options:

  • Write responses on a sticky note and place in a designated space in the classroom. 
  • Write in a journal / daily worksheet. 
  • Share out loud/with their groups

Virtual Class Assessment Options:

  • Discussion assignment on LMS.
  • Virtual board such as jamboard, miro, Zoom Whiteboard, etc.
  • Create a video on Flipgrid or Canvas.



  • Use sentence stems to guide student conversations. 
  • Have students write their responses to each question in a journal or worksheet before sharing out loud. 


  • Conduct research or read Antonio Tijerino. 
  • Vocabulary support. Students enhance vocabulary by using a search engine or thesaurus to find synonyms for their descriptive words. 
  • Conduct a Socratic Seminar or small group discussions on the following prompts. There are no right or wrong answers, and it is important to provide a safe space for students to answer honestly.  
    • What can I do to strengthen my growth mindset?
    • What can I do when dealing with somebody with a fixed mindset?



Mindset Fixed Mindset Growth Mindset

Competencies and Skills

21st Century Skills Skills for Learning and Life
Critical Thinking, Collaboration, Communication, Flexibility, Leadership, Initiative, Productivity, Social Skills Self-Awareness, Self-Management, Self-Efficacy, Social Management

Lesson Materials 

R.11 Slide Deck

Loteria Card