Mindsets in the Classroom Chapter 10

I can't believe we are already on the final chapter of this amazing book.  This month has flown by!  I don't know about you but I have learned so much from this book study and have some really positive changes to make in my classroom this year. 
 This chapter was a short and sweet summary of everything we have learned in the previous 9 chapters about having a growth mindset in the classroom.  I think Mary Cay Ricci sums it up nicely when she says that building a maintaining a growth mindset classroom is well worth the time.  Absolutely!

Just in case you've missed any of the chapter reviews here are the quick links for each chapter.  There have been a lot of great resources shared so you will want to keep these posts handy while preparing for your new school year.  

I will leave you with this final thought from the chapter.  
"Educators teach students, not curriculum".  
As we move forward to a new year we can use our new found knowledge (and growth mindsets!) to create opportunities for our students. Thanks for stopping by!  

15 comments :

  1. Hi Heather,
    The last few words of the quote above "well worth the time" is how I feel about this book study! Thank you to you and all of the Hello Sunshine bloggers for hosting it! :)
    -Sylvia

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  2. Chapter 10: "Educators teach students, not curriculum" I absolutely LOVE this! It's about meeting students needs and challenging them. I cannot wait to implement some of this in my classroom. I would like to change our way of thinking, especially with failure not being an option. I would like for my students to understand that they may not have it, yet.

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  3. I too agree that the statement, Educators teach students, not curriculum, is an awesome quote!!! What I really love about growth mindset is the idea of being positive and seeing the potential in all of my students. They will all achieve success at some point; it may not be immediate or quick but, with continued hard work they will achieve!!

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  4. I am excited about meeting our students where they are and providing a responsive and differentiated classroom! I look forward to seeing a growth mindset begin to develop school-wide. I loved how the author closed out the book with her own personal testimony about her mindset. Mary Cay Ricci challenges each of us with her final statement: "Both you and your students can do whatever you set out to do, too!"

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  5. "Educators teach students, not curriculum." LOVE THIS! Gotta live this. Balancing what "needs" to be taught while keeping it interesting and challenging can be difficult. However, I'm excited to use the resources and games suggested in the book and on this blog this year. I can do this.

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  6. Well said everybody! I truly believe this will be a commitment to fully implement the growth mindset into my class, but it is one I am ready to accept the challenge of doing. This was a well written and extremely fascinating book. I'm glad we got the opportunity to use this for a book study.

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  7. I agree...EDUCATORS teach STUDENTS not CURRICULUM! We meet them where they are, if we want to be a good educator. We have to have an open mind and have true belief in all students. We have to get on their level, not expect them to meet us on ours. IT WILL NEVER WORK THAT WAY. It may mean kneeling down and getting eye to eye with them, boosting their confidence, and sharing the love that they strive to have on a daily basis.

    I have loved reading everyone's posts on this discussion board. I am super excited to start this growth mindset with each of you this upcoming school year. This is going to be great school year and I'm so glad I decided to do this book study with each of you.

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  8. I too support the statement that educators teach students, not curriculum. We have to remember we are there first and foremost to help each child reach their own personal best. This book has made me think in a different way and really is making me think about ways I can pass on a positive, growth mindset to the students at CRE.

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  9. This book has made me think about many things and has given me the tools to go in a create a growth mindset in my classroom. It has encouraged me to really get in there and meet the students where they are. My favorite quote from this chapter is that "a growth mindset culture will most definitely open doors for all students." And isn't that what education is about? Opening minds and opening doors so these kids can go out into the world and make it better?

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  10. Amazing comments from an amazing staff!

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  11. I do believe that all students can achieve and be successful. I am very motivated to see that my students; feel safe, accept and grow from mistakes, gain a deeper understanding of their brain, have challenges each day, and begin to value hard work. I have learned more about teaching, parenting and self-help, with each chapter.

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  12. I have enjoyed this book study very much. It has been a fresh reminder of the power of perspective, attitude, and vision. I am so excited to be opening the world of positive thinking to our school. I feel this has been research that proves what great motivational speakers have taught all along, yet also brought to children. Think we can get it started before years and years of negative mindset have built walls in their minds. Think the savings of time and effort when as adults our students do not have to read and study self-help books or listen to speakers to figure out how to be successful. They won't have mounds of negatives to undo. That I think is the most powerful aspect of the whole growth mindset program.

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  13. Everyone can be successful. We must facilitate the right environment so that they feel safe, accept that everyone makes mistakes, but that we need to learn from those mistakes, and hard work does pay off!

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  14. This is so important to me that my students know from the first minute they walk in my room its okay to make mistakes its just not okay to give up and stop trying. When the fear of being laughed at for giving wrong answers is eliminated and students feel safe they are free to learn. I've been on the other negative side and it doesn't feel good. I still remember having to work a math problem out in front of my 2nd grade class and getting it wrong, instead of the teacher helping me to learn from my mistake she chose to embarrass me. We have to be mindful with our words and choose positive words that will help our students grow.

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  15. I also agree:) we teach students!!! I have always taught--that's why pencils come with erasers--to learn from our mistakes and correct them" Let's just erase and keep practicing!

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