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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

Paperback Published: 14th July 2018
ISBN: 9781506376622
Number Of Pages: 224

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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

"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

List of Figures
The Challenging Learning Story
Foreword by Carol Dweck
About the Authors
Chapter 1: A Tale of Two Mindsets
1.0 Definition of Mindset
1.1 A Comparison of Fixed and Growth Mindsets
1.2 What Difference Does Mindset Make?
1.3 Mindset is Not Black and White
1.4 Dweck and Mueller Results
1.5 We Are All a Mix of Mindsets
1.6 A Fixed Mindset is More Common Than We Care to Admit
Chapter 2: Growth Mindset Implementation is Not There (Yet)
2.0 Growth Mindset Effect Size
2.1 Reduced Efficacy 1: Third-hand Knowledge
2.2 Reduced Efficacy 2: Mindset is Made to Sound Too Easy
2.3 Reduced Efficacy 3: Too Much Performance Focus, Not Enough Time
2.4 Reduced Efficacy 4: Influences Are Complex
2.5 Reduced Efficacy 5: Mindset Affects Qualities Other Than Achievement
2.6 What Are the Criticisms of Growth Mindset?
2.7 Reflections from Carol Dweck
Chapter 3: When Does Mindset Work Best?
3.0 Goals, Strategies, and Expectations
3.1 Mindset Works Best When Goals Are Learning-Orientated
3.2 Mindset Works Best When There Is Challenge
3.3 Mindset Works Best When There Is a Chicken and an Egg
Chapter 4: Mindset in Education
4.0 Introducing Alisha and Zack
4.1 Alisha and Zack's Backgrounds
4.2 Alisha and Zack Start School
4.3 Alisha and Zack Meet Their Teachers
4.4 Alisha and Zack Discover Their Talents
Chapter 5: Do You Have a Growth Mindset Culture?
5.0 What Are We Aiming to Achieve?
5.1 How Much Progress Have We Made So Far?
5.2 Collecting Your Evidence
5.3 What Next?
Chapter 6: Privilege Progress
6.0 The Origins of Intelligence Testing
6.1 Administering Tests the Growth Mindset Way
6.2 Draw Attention to Progress
6.3 Progress-Achievement Quadrants
6.4 Different Forms of Progress
Chapter 7: Use the Power of Yet
7.0 The Power of Yet
7.1 The Power of Yetis
Chapter 8: Choose Challenge
8.0 Mindset Matters Most When There is Challenge
8.1 When Students Pick the Easier Path
8.2 Mindset Through the Learning Pit
Chapter 9: Be Careful with Praise
9.0 Different Types of Praise
9.1 To Praise or Not to Praise?
9.2 Praise and Cheating
9.3 Praise and Self-Efficacy
9.4 Praise, Rewards and Mindset
9.5 When to Praise
9.6 Praise in Practice
Chapter 10: Flopped Learning
10.0 Flops Lead to Enhanced Learning
10.1 Flopped Products
10.2 Flopped Feedback
10.3 Flopped Parents
10.4 Effort is Not Enough
10.5 Resilience and Grit
10.6 Flopped Previews
10.7 Flopped Leading
Chapter 11: Growth Mindset Lessons
11.0 Learning Challenge Lessons
11.1 How Much Emily Influence Her Future?
11.2 Was Usain Bolt Born to be an Olympic Champion?
11.3 Is Challenge Interesting?

ISBN: 9781506376622
ISBN-10: 1506376622
Series: Challenging Learning
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 14th July 2018
Publisher: SAGE Publications Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 27.94 x 21.59  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.59
Edition Number: 1

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James Nottingham

About the Author

James Nottingham is co-founder and executive director of Challenging Learning, a group of companies with 25 employees in 6 countries. His passion is in transforming the most up-to-date research into strategies that work brilliantly in the classroom. He is regarded by many as one of the most engaging, thought-provoking and inspirational speakers in education.The Observer newspaper in the UK lists him among the Future 500 - a “definitive list of the UK's most forward-thinking and brightest innovators.”

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