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The Psychology of Success: Mindset in the Diverse Classroom and Beyond

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Class Details

  • Class Type: Face-to-Face
  • Date: 10/20/2016 - 11/17/2016
  • Thu
  • Time: 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Location: Silver Hills Middle School
  • Adams State Credit: 1
  • Nonmember Price: $0
  • CEA Member Price: $0
  • Dinner is provided during each session.

  • Currently Enrolled: 7 of 40
  • Class Type: Blended
  • Date: 3/15/2017 - 4/19/2017
  • Wed
  • Time: 4:30 PM - 7:30 PM
  • Location: Century Middle School
  • Adams State Credit: 1
  • Local Association: DISTRICT 12 EDUC ASSN
  • Nonmember Price: $0
  • CEA Member Price: $0
  • This class is for Adams 12 teachers only. Snacks are provided.

  • Currently Enrolled: 16 of 20
  • Class Type: Online
  • Date: 3/12/2018 - 4/15/2018
  • Adams State Credit: 1
  • Nonmember Price: $145
  • CEA Member Price: $45
  • Graduate credit for this class is optional and costs an additional $55.

  • Currently Enrolled: 29 of 30

About the Course

As our profession is in a constant state of flux, educators must relentlessly adjust to meet the rigorous demands and policy changes that affect teacher practice and student learning. In order to change our classrooms positively, we must lead the change and "grow" our collective practice. This course will create an opportunity for educators to explore a framework developed by Carol Dweck coined “growth mindset.” Through this model, educators will examine the facets of a growth mindset and how, by applying a growth mindset to the classroom, students ultimately benefit and can adopt the framework as well.  Participants will depart from old systems of thinking to consider the potential of an individual rather than the liabilities. Course topics will include: 1) Failure as essential components of understanding; 2) Neuroplasticity and its application to education/pedagogy; 3) Effort vs. Praise in the classroom. We will not only use this framework to drive the learning of the class, but will also explore topics such as context through the lens of other interesting texts, such as Malcolm Gladwell's compelling work Outliers.


Participants will be able to:

  • Identify the characteristics of a growth mindset and explain how it can be used the classroom.
  • Examine the role of praise, praising effort over outcome and apply the language of effort through conversations in the classroom with participant’s students.
  • Apply how failure is viewed through the lens of a growth-mindset versus a fixed mindset
  • Implement growth mindset feedback techniques and discuss neuroplasticity and its implication to mindset.
  • Grade(s): Pre-K Kindergarten 1st Grade 2nd Grade 3rd Grade 4th Grade 5th Grade 6th Grade 7th Grade 8th Grade 9th Grade 10th Grade 11th Grade 12th Grade Elementary K-5 Secondary 6-12
  • Subject(s): Art/Music Career And Technical Comprehensive Health Dance Drama/Theater Arts English Language Arts English Language Learning Math Music Physical Education Reading,Writing,Communicating Science Social Studies Technology Visual Arts World Languages


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