Artist: Lupe Fiasco

Song: Kick Push

Kick Push is a song about a young man who is interested in learning to ride a skateboard. During his first few attempts at riding, he failed miserably. He slipped off the board, scratched his face up, and felt that he was an utter failure. However, he did not give up. He was determined. He maintained a growth mindset in that he showed grit and continued to practice until he perfected riding the skateboard. I have spoken with many educators, social workers, and psychologists who are currently reading the book, Mindset. The song, Kick Push, is a perfect song to introduce the concept of “fixed” versus “growth” mindset. Group facilitators could play the song, and have students determine the kind of mindset they believe the student portrays in the video.

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