Challenging Mindset : Why a Growth Mindset Makes a Difference in Learning - and What to Do When It Doesn't - James Nottingham

Challenging Mindset

Why a Growth Mindset Makes a Difference in Learning - and What to Do When It Doesn't

By: James Nottingham, Bosse Larsson

Paperback | 13 July 2018 | Edition Number 1

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Mindset doesn’t matter when things are easy; it is only when faced with challenges that working from a growth mindset influences learning.


Answering key questions about Carol Dweck’s theory of mindset, this book shows how to create the right conditions for a growth mindset to flourish in your classroom. James Nottingham and Bosse Larsson tackle head-on these questions with research-backed clarity, and share proven strategies for mindset success.  


Highlights include:


•         Comments and insights from Carol Dweck to enhance your understanding of her important work

•         An exploration of the relationship between mindset and grades

•         Strategies to encourage a growth mindset during moments of challenge

•         Comprehensive lesson ideas for teaching students about mindset

Industry Reviews

"Nottingham and Larsson's new book is accessible and inviting. It will help you navigate the world of mindset concepts and research, and focus on actions that can have high impact. I respect these authors and enjoyed the clarity and good humor they bring to their book-as will you. I highly recommend Challenging Mindset."


-- Carol Dweck, Lewis & Virginia Eaton Professor of Psychology

"Changing mindsets is hard - but if it can be done, the directions are throughout this wonderful book. The book talks about when, how, and where growth mindsets matter, and it brings a refreshing perspective to this important but often misunderstood notion."

-- John Hattie, Laureate Professor * Carlton, Victoria, AUS *
"James Nottingham and Bosse Larsson offer an important and useful new addition to the ongoing conversation about mindset first introduced by Carol Dweck. Too often, theories such as mindset get reduced down to the simplest dichotomies and ideologies. Here, Nottingham and Larsson challenge our own mindset about the very idea of mindset theory itself, showing us what is possible if we really understand the theory and use it to challenge ourselves and our students." -- Jim Burke, Teacher and Author, Common Core Companion Series
"Mindset is a word that has been thrown around a great deal over the years. Unfortunately, most educators who use the word didn't understand the real context behind it. Nottingham and Larsson not only focus on the nuances of mindset, but offer practical strategies on how to use the research correctly so students can succeed! Challenging Mindset will be an important read for a very long time." -- Peter DeWitt, Ed. D., Author, Collaborative Leadership, Blogger, Finding Commong Ground
"James Nottingham and Bosse Larsson have the unique ability to activate the thinking of their readers by bridging the divide between research and practice. The "Now Try This" sections encourage readers to engage with heart, head, and hand to relate what they are learning to their current practices and to share those ides with colleagues. They have masterfully deepened our understanding of Carol Dweck's work and aligned her thinking to their work around The Learning Challenge." -- Julie Smith, Author, Evaluating Instructional Leadership

"Nottingham and Larsson provide a much needed clarification of growth mindset, grounded in research and illustrated through relevant classroom examples. The authors provide practical tools and strategies to support educators in the correct application of mindset to impact student learning. A must read for all educators!"

-- Cathy Lassiter, Author, Everyday Courage for School Leaders

"Wow. Each one of the books in the Learning Challenge series deepens my understanding of how to be a better teacher, leader, and parent. We have all read the research on the importance of having a growth mindset but here lies a complete guide with visuals, strategies, and explanations for how to make it come to life in the classroom."

-- Julie Stern, Author, Tools for Teaching Conceptual Understanding

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