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Mindsets in the Classroom: Building a Culture of Success and Student Achievement in Schools

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  751 ratings  ·  75 reviews
When students believe they can 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 ...more
Kindle Edition, 170 pages
Published September 1st 2013 by Prufrock Press
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I found this book to be an easy read that made me think about my classroom practices. We all need to believe that we can improve with practice!
Peter Atkinson
Jan 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ricci begins by distinguishing between the concepts of fixed mindset and growth mindset:
Fixed mindset is the belief that a person is born with a certain level of intelligence that can’t change.

Growth mindset is an opposing belief that a person’s intelligence can be developed through “persistence, effort, and a focus on learning”. (3)

She then makes the important point that neuroscience supports the notion of growth mindset in that recent brain-based research confirms the concept of neuroplasticit
I was excited to read this book, because I haven't yet read Carol Dweck's original work on this topic. I agree with a lot of the content this author espouses: mindsets matter, there are a number of strategies common to gifted education programs that can benefit all students, and educators should re-consider gate-keeping practices.

I was somewhat disappointed by several things. First, she spends a section of the book talking about the negative connotations of the word "gifted." She is not alone; i
A good book about fixed and growth mindsets. The book mostly talks about what are already best practices and common sense about running a classroom, but also has some great pointers on making sure our actions match our intent when it comes to communicating kids that everyone can become smarter through hard work.
Dec 14, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: informational
A good summary of mindsets, but mostly a lot of common sense and explication of good teaching.
Anna Elizabeth
Some good ideas, but this progressive stuff is garbage. "Don't tell a kid to try harder" - I suppose we should just tell them not to try at all. ...more
Paul Pickerl
Aug 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cheating a bit here as I didn't have to read it cover-to-cover for a graduate class, but I did read all but one chapter in the middle. As a teacher, I cannot stand it when books like these will spend the majority of the page count talking about why it's important (seriously, I already bought it, I know it's important), to the point that practical suggestions for the classroom are almost an afterthought. Fortunately, this is not one of those books. Although the first few chapters are spent going ...more
Aug 08, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I got this for free from a LibraryThing giveaway. It has some really good thought on how to impart and cultivate a 'growth mindset' in the classroom (instead of a 'fixed mindset'). As a non-teacher, but a parent who is invested in my kids getting the most out of their education, I picked up a few things. Ricci instructs teachers to talk about how the brain works, what it means to make and strengthen neural connections, and neural plasticity. Some really great stuff here about creating a culture ...more
Aug 13, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book is poorly written and poorly edited. Sentence structure is often confusing and sometimes there are subject-verb agreement problems. Not good for a book written by an educator. The major problem, however, is that the book is extremely low on content. The only "strategies" for teaching growth mindset are discussion based (some are even scripted). Many begin with, "Tell the children..."
As a teacher hoping to encourage a growth mindset culture in my classroom, this book was minimally helpf
Jun 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Mindset book was a book study for my school. I enjoyed it and thought it had good possibilities for practical applications in both the workplace and schools. This book, in part, made a very good attempt to help to get teachers started using the Mindset strategies in the classroom. Though not all of these were appropriate for my teaching situation, it was a good book to launch Mindset into many of my lessons.
Jul 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The chapters on gifted education and how to foster a growth mindset in the classroom were interesting. The dichotomy of labeling students as "gifted" based on what they have already achieved an honoring hard work and perseverance was interesting. I would recommend this book if you want affirmation about the good things that you do as a teacher, while being offered a new lens to see some of our accepted practices. ...more
Bethany Thompson
I am so glad I read this book. I am so inspired to create a growth mindset culture in my classroom this year and feel overly prepared to implement the teaching with my students. The book gives a great background to the why and moves on through the how with fantastic examples and explanations. It is a great book for those just new to the idea who want to get started.
Jennifer Mangler
If you're looking for help implementing a growth mindset in your classroom, this book has some good, practical ideas. There's nothing earth-shattering here, as many of the ideas are best practices, but thinking about things you may already do within the framework of growth mindset is a helpful exercise. ...more
Alexandra N.
Jan 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am a college professor and I still felt I got something out of this book: the thought that we sometimes believe that students have a skill or not, rather than the idea that most people can learn most things as long as honest effort and proper pedagogy is used. I very much enjoyed the author's perspective on educating young minds. ...more
Sarah Wechsler
Jan 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quick read with practical strategies to promote a growth mindset culture in the classroom! The book also had great information about the science behind the malleability of the brain and how to teach that concept to children so they have a growth mindset.
Kayli Hansen
Jul 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
She does a great job giving examples of how to help students achieve a growth mindset in the classroom. I also appreciated that she discussed how to help Gifted students and parents as well, as each of these populations needs a different approach.
Dec 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a good book with a lot of great ideas. I've been using many of them in my classroom this year. It was an interesting read and wasn't dry like some books in this genre. I'd recommend it to other teachers. ...more
Feb 16, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good information about fixed and growth mindset. Not as informative of Dweck’s work but provides teachers that may be new to the concept of growth mindset many opportunities to bring this into the classroom. The supplemental book with all the resources is great!
Elena Guevara
Feb 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great book!

This is a great resource for someone starting growth mindset in their classroom.It takes you step by step snd provides a lot of resources.
Jul 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Every teacher should read!

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Very insightful and an easy read. I highly recommend that every teacher should read this book.
Simply written. Well-researched. Applicable.
Courtney Jenee
Aug 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great overview of mindset in schools. Emphasizes responsive, differentiated instruction for all students as the basis for creating optimistic, growth-minded learners. Inspiring at the end of summer!
Aug 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A really good read for classroom application of growth mindset. The tasks at the end of the book are especially helpful.
Tamra L. McDougall
Mar 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Love the growth mindset ideas.
Sep 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent. Practical for educators and parents.
I read this as I have been working in schools a lot. It is a lot of common sense, but I liked how it taught from a teacher perspective and included challenges you might have.
Nov 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Definitely some things to implement in my classroom!!!
Laura Pascal
Jul 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really liked the Sample PD plan and Parent Newsletter appendix.
Underwhelmed. Riding on Dweck’s coattails. Random bragging about unrelated work. Lessons mostly for elementary level.
Becky Kondritz
Mar 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is more a how-to-implement book vs. in-depth on growth mindset. The accompanying workbook has fabulous worksheets and resource lists (books, video clips, etc.) to do school-wide implementation.
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