Book Study: Mindsets in the Classroom


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Are you ready for some fun online professional development with the Hello Sunshine teachers?  Join us as we read Mindsets in the Classroom and learn together how we can move our students, staff and communities to a growth mindset. 
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Grab a copy of the book or download the Kindle version and join us!  Starting June 4th we will be hosting a linky party every Thursday, Sunday and Tuesday for the month of June.  Use the frame at the end of this post to link up and you will be automatically entered in a drawing to win a gift card!
Here is the book study order so you can plan accordingly:
Chapter 1 – June 4
Chapter 2 – June 7
Chapter 3 – June 9
Chapter 4 – June 11
Chapter 5 – June 14
Chapter 6 – June 16
Chapter 7 – June 18
Chapter 8 – June 21
Chapter 9 – June 23
Chapter 10 – June 25
Wrap Up – June 28
We are so excited to go through this study with all of you and share ideas for transforming our classrooms and schools!
Use this framework to link up with us for each chapter. 
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See you June 4th for Chapter 1 !

42 comments :

  1. I can't wait to dig into this book with all my bloggy buddies! Thanks for getting us started, Jennifer! :o) Pamela

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  2. This looks like so much fun! I love the idea of linking up with other teachers as they join the discussion.

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  3. We are working on this book study this summer (2016). Mind if we post this summer?

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    1. Kind of embarrassed...Not really sure if I am replying in the correct spot or the correct way, but here it goes :-)

      I am looking forward to learning a better way to engage my students and lead them to a successful enjoyable learning experience. Carla Henry

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    2. Getting started and just finished Chapter 1. I was startled by the huge change in mindset between 2nd and 3rd graders. I know for my entire career we have always told parents there is a huge jump and big change in kids as they leave 2nd and enter 3rd. I wonder if that intriguing change in students also involves the changing of mindset as well?

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  4. I'm excited to change my thinking!

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  7. Looking forward to growing and learning.

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  8. Can't wait to foster growth mindsets in my classroom.. Consumed after chapter 1!

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    1. I knew you would jump right into this!

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  9. Anxious to learn more about building a growth mindset culture in our school!
    Shawn Smith

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  10. Let's get this reading party started!!! I am super excited about learning how to change my thinking and teaching, to have a better mindset for myself and my students. Happy Reading!!

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  11. In chapter 1, I loved reading about the author's kindergarten study and how she learned that students enter school with that growth mindset! Her description of young students as enthusiastic, full of promise, and ready to absorb knowledge is so very true! I am anxious to read more about how we as educators can sustain that growth mindset in students throughout their years of school.

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    1. I agree, Shawn. Think of how rewarding school would be for students, if each year allowed a growth mindset.

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    2. I love that those K babies are ready to learn ANYTHING!

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  12. So amazed with the data...100% of students began kg with a Growth Mindset.

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  13. I think one of the most valuable ideas in this chapter is believing all children can, with effort, persistence, and motivation succeed, is the heart of this belief.
    Also, as educators it is exciting to examine our beliefs and shifting our mindsets, to continue to believe that intelligence can be developed and not believe that students "are the way they are".

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  14. I really liked the quote on page 2, "An educator with a growth mindset believes that with effort and hard work from the learner, all students can demonstrate significant growth and therefore all students deserve opportunities for challenge."

    This is important for all educators because of they see the true potential of all students than the students will then believe in themselves and begin to excell and have more academic growth. Every child has potential of growing. It's all about getting them to believe they are capable.

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  15. Page 8: "Potential can never be "full"; it is never-ending and our possibilities are infinite. As a person grows, learning and experiences become more sophisticated and challenging, growth continually occurs, and potential is never reached because it is impossible to reach."

    This is important to keep in mind when communicating to parents or about the students. Once they have reached a certain goal, their "potential" is not over. This just means they have taken their potential to the next level of success.

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    1. I love that there is always room for kids to grow...beyond their potential!

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  16. Page 9: "We need to step back, take a breath, and realize that it is not about how fast students master learning. It is about the persistence and effort that they put forth."

    This is true for the students and the teachers. We need to always keep in mind that some students take longer to master a skill, but this doesn't define who they are, or what type of learner they are. If they are truly giving it their all, asking questions, and taking time to practice that to me, as an educators, tells me that student is trying to learn and is capable of achieving that skill.

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  17. I am so excited to promote a growth mindset this year and to learn more ways that I can help my students' confidence, not only in their academics but in all aspects of their lives!

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  18. Started reading today! I liked the part how ALL school staff needs to believe in promoting growth mindsets...children included.

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  19. Love that the kindergarteners in the study came in with a 100% growth mindset.

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  20. Looking forward to great learning!!

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  21. Reading all of the comments so far has really gotten me excited about starting to read this book. I was going to start tomorrow, but decided I want to go ahead and jump right into it tonight!

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  22. Getting started and just finished Chapter 1. I was startled by the huge change in mindset between 2nd and 3rd graders. I know for my entire career we have always told parents there is a huge jump and big change in kids as they leave 2nd and enter 3rd. I wonder if that intriguing change in students also involves the changing of mindset as well?

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  23. Looking at the handouts and had a thought. The picture of road sign saying You can do this... Is where Self Talk would/could be inserted. I have a great self talk poster if need ideas.

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    1. Great idea! I thought about self talk later on in the book.

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  24. Throughout the years of teaching it has become apparent that intelligence can indeed be changed in both adults and children. The research by Stanford looks at the concepts of "fixed and growth mindsets." I particularly was drawn in by the growth mindset because it lets the learner venture into learning areas and not be in fear of failing, but learning from mistakes. According to the book on page 5, "Believing that all children can, with effort, persistence,and motivation succeed, is the heart of this belief.

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  25. In Chapter 1 the message was clear, our kindergartners walk into our schools on the first day believing in themselves and ready to learn. We need to capture and establish the ongoing mindset as they make their way through school. I am excited to continue reading and learn how to effectively establish a growth mindset with my students during the school year.

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  26. Wow! Chapter 1 has got my wheels turning... how can I keep all of my 1st graders excitement and passion to learn instilled in them, and establish a growth mindset from day one. 1st graders arrive every year with a spirit they can learn anything and I want to make sure this spirit continues on.

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  27. I've enjoyed reading this book!

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