James Anderson is an Australian-based international speaker, author and educator who is passionate about helping fellow educators develop students as better learners. Originally a teacher and school leader, for the past 20 years, James has been working with schools to make classrooms more thoughtful places. He challenges teachers to think deeply about their own Mindsets and how their beliefs are communicated to students in often subtle and unintended ways.James’s work combines Growth Mindset with Habits of Mind and Practice to create Learning Agility. He puts the growth back into the Growth Mindset! And, through creating and describing the Mindset Continuum, he provides the cornerstone for effective Growth Mindset interventions. James values the relationships he builds with the schools and teachers he works with, providing the “follow-through” that’s so often lacking in teacher professional development. His speaking, workshops and online resources provide not only the deep understanding required to do this work meaningfully, but also the tools and ongoing support needed to sustain it in your school and make a real difference to student learning outcomes.

James will show you how to create your school-based Growth Mindset Style Guide to ensure your school consistently “nudges” all students towards an increasingly growth-oriented Mindset.

The importance of LEARNERSHIP

by James Anderson

James is a Certified Speaking Professional and regularly speaks at conferences around the world. His previous publications include Succeeding with Habits of Mind, The Agile Learner, The Learning Landscape and The Mindset Continuum, as well as a host of e-books and other teacher resources.His online course, “Transforming Teaching and Learning with Growth Mindsets,” supports thousands of educators in schools around the world. He is an international affiliate of Art Costa and Bena Kallick’s Institute for Habits of Mind and the creator of www.habitsofmind.org.

James Anderson: The importance of LEARNERSHIP

“One of my favorite quotes is ‘there is no growth without discomfort.’ If we’re going to grow, we need to be comfortable with that feeling of discomfort, knowing that to grow we are going to feel uncomfortable. Seven out of ten uncomfortable, not nine or ten out of uncomfortable, not way off the deep end going, “Oh my god, I can’t do this, but uncomfortable enough.”

– James Anderson

Show Highlights

  • Learnership and the Learnership Matrix every Ruckus Maker needs.
  • Avoid educators working harder than their students.
  • Common design mistakes school leaders fall into.
  • Understanding the difference between resilience and being antifragile. to leverage disturbances in an unpredictable future. 
  • Risk of getting busy instead of getting better.
  • Be aware of the mindset messages and the percentage of faculty actively disengaging their students. 
  • Celebrate natural and created abilities equally to avoid a fixed mindset.
  •  Deliberately make mistakes for effective feedback.
  •  The difference between getting better and getting busy.

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