Next one off the must-read-pile. Completed after a two-week hiatus as home renovations took over my life – but worth the time to focus on this book!
This past year I was honored with the designation in New York State as a Master Teacher. Late in the school year, an opportunity to join a shifting Professional Learning Team was presented and I jumped on board. There had been a Growth Mindset group, but the facilitators were completing their four years and were looking to give the reigns over to a new group of budding Growth Mindset seekers – well, that was definitely me!
I had already completed Carol Dweck’s book, Mindset: The New Psychology of Success. And to say this book put words to the information I knew in my mind was an understatement.
Our new group decided to complete a book study, choosing The Growth Mindset Coach: A Teacher’s Month-by-Month Handbook for Empowering Students to Achieve by Annie Brock and Heather Hundley. I’m really glad we chose this book.
It is an easy read with ideas broken into months, as suggested by the title. Other than one area which in February or was it March that suggests starting something from the beginning of the year, the book leads teacher’s through a year of building a growth mindset. Meaning it can be read, as we intended in our PLT, a month ahead of the student work.
The authors have made the conversation easy to follow, with practical ideas and lessons. They have broken down the steps to building a growth mindset in our students into tangible chunks. Even going as far as to use the language that rears its fixed mindset head into reimagined growth mindset language.
Although I would love for elementary teachers to read this book and establish these mindsets in our young people early, it is not written solely with these teachers in mind. I’m a secondary teacher and cannot wait to work these initiatives into my curriculum and planning – already have made some small changes to the way students will interact and talk in my classroom, with posters and growth mindset language stems ready to go. I know I will be much better at communicating and being transparent about learning based on many of the ideas discussed in the pages of the book.
Again, I have read a book that speaks to the needs I’ve been trying to formulate in my head. From the ideas of building student ownership and motivation to standards-based grading and assessment design. It’s all within the pages of this book, waiting for your growth mindset to take hold and reshape your own practice and classroom.