As I start my 21st year teaching mathematics, it's a good time to reflect on the past and plan for the future. I often reflect and reread Mindset by Carol Dweck. As a teacher and parent, this book has had a big influence on me and I encourage more to read it. As a matter of fact I recommended it on Craig's List: PA Faculty and Staff Summer Reading List.
This book has influenced the education community. Everything from grit to describing ways of cultivating learning dispositions can be traced back to this book. Actually, it's a lot. In my effort to sift and simplify, throughout the year I'll try to instill the following four learning mindsets in students.
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