Passion-Based Learning, Week 5: Can Minecraft Foster a Growth Mindset?

In the fifth installment for the Powerful Learning Blog, we explore how and why a growth mindset might be encouraged when learners play Minecraft.



We are also considering how these types of digital tools could be a part of our daily learning activities within the school day.

But the question still remains: Is there any possibility in harnessing the motivational factor of Minecraft and instilling it within the general curriculum? For example, could the structures they are developing resemble ruins from ancient civilizations, or famous battlefields of U.S. history? If the answer is yes, how do we guide our students to realize the potential in these tools not only for creation and innovation, but also for integration within important curricular topics?

I know a lot of teachers out there are ahead of the game in this area. How have you increased engagement through the integration of Minecraft into your daily instruction? Click here to read the original post and add your ideas in the comments.

Author: Matt Renwick

Matt Renwick is an 18-year public educator who began as a 5th and 6th-grade teacher in Rudolph, WI. He now serves as an elementary principal for the Mineral Point Unified School District ( Matt also teaches online graduate courses in curriculum design and instructional leadership for the University of Wisconsin-Superior. He tweets @ReadByExample and writes for ASCD ( and Lead Literacy (

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