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Mindsets in the Classroom: Building a Culture of Success and Student Achievement in School


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Author: Mary Cay Ricci
Product Code: 0814
ISBN: 978-1-61821-081-4
Pages: 184
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When students believe that dedication and hard work can change their performance in school, they grow to become resilient, successful students. Inspired by the popular mindset idea that hard work and effort can lead to success, Mindsets in the Classroom provides educators with ideas for ways to build a growth mindset school culture, wherein students are challenged to change their thinking about their abilities and potential. The book includes a planning template, step-by-step description of a growth mindset culture, and “look-fors” for adopting a differentiated, responsive instruction model teachers can use immediately in their classrooms. It also highlights the importance of critical thinking and teaching students to learn from failure. The book includes a sample professional development plan and ideas for communicating the mindset concept to parents. With this book's easy-to-follow advice, tasks, and strategies, teachers can grow a love of learning in their students.

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Review by: Katie Gordon, MiddleWeb - March 11, 2014
Like some of my favorite professional books, this one has a conversational tone. It is no hit and run introduction to growth mindset, either. Mary Cay Ricci provides a thorough foundation in what growth mindset is, why it matters, and just as importantly, how to foster it in key stakeholders, namely teachers, students, and parents.

Ricci advocates teaching parents about the brain research as well as giving them tools for reflecting on the kinds of praise they use with their children. She provides suggestions and resources for explaining the brain research and how the brain works. She offers not a single lesson but a series of experiences and tools for walking students along the path of understanding what fixed and growth mindsets are, and how they affect the way we perceive effort, intelligence, and success. Administrators or coaches will also find this book helpful for the concrete plan it provides for professional development.

Mindsets in the Classroom came along just when I needed it. If you are a parent, teacher, or administrator who would like to understand growth mindset more fully, or who wants to bring others along toward growing their own growth mindsets, this 150-page resource might be just what you’re looking for.
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by Gail Donahue
on 8/29/2013
Mindsets in the Classroom: Building a Culture of Success and Student Achievement in Schools
Mary Cay Ricci has hit a homerun with her book, Mindsets in the Classroom. It has been a valuable resource in my work as a professional developer by providing real-world examples and rationale for developing a growth mindset school cultures.  In the chapter “Why Is a Differentiated, Responsive Classroom Important to a Growth Mindset Culture,” Ricci reminds the reader that understanding and believing that intelligence develops is critical when planning for differentiation in the classroom.  The Differentiated/Responsive teaching template is an excellent scaffolding piece for the less experienced teacher when planning differentiated lessons.  The book empowers students, guides parents, and educates teachers in the collaboration and cultivation of a Growth Mindset Culture.  I highly recommend this book with its reader friendly format, research-based approach, and practical applications to maintaining a growth mindset culture at home and in school.  


by Linda Barnes-Robinson
on 8/25/2013
Ricci brings the practical and strategic application of growth mindset theory into the classroom.
As a family mediator and educational specialist working with parents and teachers on behalf of twice exceptional children, I find Mary Cay Ricci’s book to be an essential and valuable new resource on how to build a school culture of growth mindsets. By laying out the groundwork on the recent brain-based research, she sets out the facts for us to understand and promote Growth Mindset Theory, shifting our thinking on how we view intelligence. 

Ricci devotes two chapters, “How can students learn from failure?” and “What message should parents hear about growth mindset?” that are particularly important for not only parents, but for anyone working with children and young people.  By believing in the brain’s ability to create new connections, we can understand the critical importance of creating opportunities for children to grow their brains.  Believing that with effort, persistence, and motivation, all children can succeed, is the heart of this belief.  I highly recommend this book.
by Carl Edward Herbert
on 8/13/2013
Mindsets in the Classroom: Building a Culture of Success and Student Achievement in School
Linking theory to practice, Mindsets in the Classroom makes accessible to educators and parents alike the importance of student perseverance, effort, and disposition in promoting success in all learners.  Mary Cay Ricci examines how hard work and failure contribute to greater achievement when students, parents and educators understand how the mind makes meaning of new information and how well intentioned language may inhibit success.  The old adage ‘nothing succeeds like success’ is translated into language and practices for use in the home and classroom. These are lessons for both school and life beyond the classroom.  The resulting improved self-concept and love of learning and challenge have life-long benefits. This book guides teachers, administrators and parents in very practical applications for improving the culture of our homes and classrooms and the language we use in support of students. A very hope-filled and strategy-filled resource. 
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