A Mindset for Learning: Teaching the Traits of Joyful, Independent Growth

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“This book is a gem: vivid, fun and thoughtful. It’s like sitting next to a skillful, experienced, focused teacher in a real classroom. Kristi and Christine draw on their years of teaching and their dedication to educating children to help students become more empathic and act more thoughtfully and to prepare them with the essentials for success in an uncertain future.”

-Arthur Costa, author of Learning and Leading with Habits of Mind

We know how to teach content and skills. But can we teach the habits of mind needed for academic success, a love of learning, and agency in the world? We can, and A Mindset for Learning shows us how.

“We want our students to take on challenges with zeal,” write Kristi Mraz and Christine Hertz, “to see themselves not as static test scores but as agents of change.” Drawing on the work of Carol Dweck, Daniel Pink, Art Costa, and others, Kristi and Christine show us how to lead students to a growth mindset for school-and life-by focusing on five crucial, research-driven attitudes:

  • optimism-putting aside fear and resistance to learn something new
  • persistence-keeping at it, even when a task is hard
  • flexibility-trying different ways to find a solution
  • resilience-bouncing back from setbacks and learning from failure
  • empathy-learning by putting oneself in another person’s shoes.

A Mindset for Learning pairs research-psychological, neurological, and pedagogical-with practical classroom help, including instructional language, charts and visuals, teaching tips, classroom vignettes, and more.

“This book holds our dreams for all children,” write Kristi and Christine, “that they grow to be brave in the face of risk, kind in the face of challenge, joyful and curious in all things.” If you want that for your students, then help them discover A Mindset for Learning.

Book reviewed by Temmerhorton

A Mindset for Learning: Teaching the Traits of Joyful, Independent Growth
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This is a more than just a book, it is a must have tool for anyone that is around children. A great book for every parent to read because it offers a wonderful insight on how to teach using everyday situations. After reading it, you feel enpowered to help your children become successful adults.
This book is not as easy to put into action for older children. It is meant to start as young as possible because it is a way of thinking. If you do not take the time to change your way of thinking it will not be very useful for you.
The only way to describe this book is to call it inspired. It takes the concept of making student responsible for thier own actions and puts it into action. Student empowerment leaves the classroom and becomes a concept that we can teach as parents, coaches, and even grandparents. It is a call to action that makes every town, community, and state a better place. Without concepts like these there is no way that we can raise our children to become the world leaders that will be a positive force. We need more people to not only read but also put into action the ideas that are contained within the pages of this great book. Reading this book will change your thinking in such a positive and focused way that you cannot help but to pass on what you have learned to others. It is highly recommended that it be given a gift to every new teacher and every new parent. There is not a student out there that would not benefit from the lessons this book teaches. A wonderful read from a reliable source.


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  • 2 - Somewhat engaging, book is just OK.
  • 3 - Pretty engaging, good book.
  • 4 - Engaging, very good book.
  • 5 - Really engaging, excellent book.

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Book Details

Title: A Mindset for Learning: Teaching the Traits of Joyful, Independent Growth

Author: ,

Length: 192 Pages

Language: English

Publication Date: 2015-08-25

ISBN-10: 0325062889

ISBN-13: 9780325062884

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