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Positive Behaviors Start With Positive Mindsets

Twenty-Eight Actions to Motivate Students and Boost Achievement

By: Tom Hierck, Chris Weber

Using validated strategies and practical actions, K–12 educators can use this book to ensure that all students possess the four positive mindsets foundational to student achievement: (1) “I belong in this academic community,” (2) “I can succeed at this,” (3) “This work has value for me,” and (4) “My ability and competence grow with effort.”

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Take action to foster positive student mindsets

Explore the research-based measures that help educators influence their students’ mindsets and inform behaviors, motivation, and engagement. Using 28 action items, educators can proactively plan, introduce new ideas, and strengthen existing practices to ensure that all students develop positive mindsets and productive behaviors. Learn why fostering four positive mindsets is critical to student success in school and life.

Grades K–12 teachers will:

  • Understand what the four foundational positive mindsets look like in a student and how to nurture each
  • Determine whether classroom and school policies, procedures, and practices match the desired outcomes
  • Receive surveys that help gauge student mindsets
  • Discover novel ways to make setting short- and long-term goals part of the classroom and school culture
  • Create action plans for fostering the four mindsets and monitor student progress toward positivity

Related Topics

Classroom Management & BehaviorStudent Engagement

Additional Information

Product Code: BKG107, EKF652

ISBN: 9781954631830

Published By: Solution Tree

“Mindsets matter, and this very accessible book will ensure staff will understand that engaging students in their learning and making them feel like they belong is not just a list of ‘things to do.’ I love the positive statement examples, the way the book builds from precognition, and the emphasis on self-regulation needed for positive mindsets. It gives my staff a place to start.”

Ian Landy, Regional Principal of Partners in Education, qathet School District, Powell River, British Columbia, Canada

“This is a valuable read for teachers to realize data encompasses more than just number grades. Tom Hierck and Chris Weber give teachers opportunities to discover four mindsets, and they provide examples of printable student and teacher surveys to use to collect and analyze mindset data—not just grades on formative and summative assessments. Uncovering mindset data will help support and explain the data that are taken from formative and summative assessments. More often than not, athletic coaches are the last to see usefulness in educational books that support teaching in the classroom. As educators, athletic coaches should recognize the value of the four mindsets as an asset. The needs to belong to a community or team, instill confidence to succeed, and discover the value of practice and growth through effort all carry over into athletics.”

Fe Cowan, Modern World History Teacher, Palmetto High School, Williamston, South Carolina

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