- What are mindsets, and how do they affect the classroom?
- What are some ways to begin building a growth mindset school culture?
- Why is a differentiated, responsive classroom important to a growth mindset culture?
- Why is critical thinking important in a growth mindset class culture?
- How can students learn from failure?
- What messages should parents hear about growth mindset?
- Can gifted education and a growth mindset believe coexist?
- What are some ways to help students adopt a growth mindset?
- What are some ways school staff can maintain a growth mindset school culture?
- How can we use Mindsets in the Classroom in a book study or discussion group?
I bought this book by itself and not as a companion to the earlier released Mindsets book. I'm not sure if having the Mindsets book would add value or if much of what is in that book is also in the resource book. But what I can tell you is this book is packed full of ideas, lessons, and resources ready to go for teachers, students, administrators, professional development educators, and parents.
Ricci lays down 4 essential components for developing a growth mindset culture (pp 2-4):
- Equitable access to advanced learning opportunities - low threshold/high ceiling opportunities. (OPPORTUNITIES)
- Deliberate cultivation of psychosocial skills such as perseverance, resiliency, and grit. Ricci states that "educators do not realize that approximately 75% of achievement is contributed to psychosocial skills (noncognitive factors). These skills must be deliberately modeled, taught, and cultivated. (MODELING)
- Student understanding of the brain and neural networks. Having an understanding of the brain and how it works "can significantly increase motivation."
- Growth mindset feedback and praise. (LANGUAGE)
Several years ago I began implementing some of Carol Dweck's ideas on building a growth mindset in the classroom. A key word that I use a lot when I have students tell me they can't do something....I say "yet." I even have the word boldly posted at the front of the room. It's just one small change you can make in the language you use that models a mindset of growth. You should try it!
If you are looking for a book full of resources to get started developing a growth mindset in your students, I highly recommend this book!