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

4.40  ·  Rating details ·  225 ratings  ·  19 reviews
"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." ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published August 27th 2015 by Heinemann
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Oct 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Such a relief to read a professional book that focused on learners and growing their capacities, rather than on lessons and growing a teacher's repertoire. We are full on into goal setting and preparing for student led conferences - I am so excited to give these ideas a try with my class. I think they'll be more connected and invested in their goals - as much as 8 and 9 year-olds can be. Thank you for your book!
Jenny Morales
Jul 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Every educator should read this book! It focuses on developing the whole child with a growth mindset. I appreciated that they had put it in actual examples from actual classrooms!
Denise Shaver
May 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great, practical read. I cannot wait to put some fresh ideas in place next year.
Mar 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
If I could give it 6 stars I would! Such great insight into teaching students how to grow as people and learners. Teaching genius!
Mandy Robek
Jun 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
An amazing book about the WHOLE child, fostering a way of thinking through hard things to learn/grasp as a learner.
Aug 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Definitely will be using these stances with my new group of fourth graders this year. CAn't wait. Social curriculum so important!
Mar 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was a good read with useful information but it was also repetitive at times.
Nov 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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A great read for teachers who want to incorporate the Growth Mindset in their classrooms.
Jun 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great book! Very applicable strategies to bring to your classroom. I got lots of great ideas to use once school begins in August!
Feb 08, 2017 rated it liked it
I think this book is a good resource as far as how to implement a growth mindset, and the five stances (empathy, optimism, resilience, persistence, flexibility). Good book recommendations to teach the stances broken down by grade clusters. I'm excited to see if my school library has any of the books. I look forward to incorporating several of the ideas mentioned. It seems the suggestions are easily implemented during Community Circle (TRIBES), on L pages (reflection) in journals, sticky notes fo ...more
Lynda Schmidt
Oct 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Good reminders throughout about what is important when making connections with kids and how to help them navigate through their days. Have used this primarily through my advisory time but also have enjoyed connecting via Twitter with the authors. Very accessible and enthusiastic about "talking" kids and how to make school more valuable for all. Will continue to use as a resource for sure.
Jul 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Great book for thinking about creating engaged and motivated learners. Practical ideas supported by research and classroom experience. I'm almost excited for summer to end so I can use some of this learning with my own students.
Apr 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Great book that reminds you of the importance of teaching the whole child at every age! These five traits will blend in nicely with the social curriculum I currently use and will enhance it in a beautiful way.
Marysue Gulick
Jun 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
I think because I've read Carol Dweck's book about Mindset several times, I had a hard time getting through this one. I have to say I got some great ideas from it, so I persevered and am glad I finished it.
Feb 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A practical resource for all educators! Mraz and Hertz give helpful 'Teaching Tips' for guiding children to independence. Love these authors! Reading this book felt more like having a conversation with good friends who are passionate about teaching.
Julie Esanu
Insightful yet I wish that curiosity was included as a mindset. Without it, I felt that this provided a guide for teaching mindsets.
Mar 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Excellent book that combines principles from habits of mind, mindset, and grit all into one text for classroom application.
Diana Pettis
Oct 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Can't wait to book talk this with my lab cohort teacher friends. Great book so much information.
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