Welcome Cross Creek educators to the Mindsets in the Classroom Book Study! My name is Ali Thetford and we are going to approach professional development in a slightly different manner this year. First, we are using a book study format that has been creeping into our profession recently. Many teachers have commented on the depth of conversation taking place on blogs and have been surprised at their own involvement. In addition to the online element, we will come together at certain times during the study to talk about the ways we are applying the elements behind growth mindset within our classrooms and even our own life.
When students believe that dedication and hard work can change their performance in school, they grow to become resilient, successful students. Inspired by the popular mindset idea that hard work and effort can lead to success, Mindsets in the Classroom provides educators with ideas for ways to build a growth mindset school culture, wherein students are challenged to change their thinking about their abilities and potential. The book includes a planning template, step-by-step description of a growth mindset culture, and "look-fors" for adopting a differentiated, responsive instruction model teachers can use immediately in their classrooms. (From the publishers)
In this hybrid book study teachers will earn a total of 12 hours (1.2 ceu's) for reading each chapter, responding to discussion prompts online, and sharing application of ideas. You will be given no later than (NLT) dates for completing chapters.
I want to thank Melissa Storms for giving me much needed help with this study. In growth mindset fashion, I had to experience a little failure in order to become a better blogger.
Directions: Click on the button below. Read each statement, rate the level of your proficiency/knowledge/skill and post your results and goals online (see format example):
Share your results and goals online:
*Complete the Mindset Implementation Self-Assessment prior to beginning the book. Share your responses below. You are welcome to comment on one other teacher's entry.
**Write a learning goal statement for the book study based on your self-assessment results. Share your goal statement below.
* When I read the self-assessment statements I started to think about my actual class practices versus how I think I embed a culture of "growth mindset" in my classroom. While I believe that all students have the potential to improve, not all students are going to take advantage of it. I guess that's part of my struggle as an educator. How many times have I taught obviously "gifted" students who are apathetic, only willing to do the minimum required? On the other hand, how many times have I taught "struggling" students who never gave up and may not be an "A" student, but their efforts have allowed them to move forward. How much more could the "gifted" student achieve if he, too, worked as hard as the "struggling" student? How much more could my students achieve if I promoted the ideas of work, persistence, and failure as stepping stones to improvement?
**My goal for this book study is to give the idea behind growth mindset a chance and to deliberately infuse growth mindset practices in my classroom.