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A Mindset for Success: In your classroom and school Paperback – 5 May 2017
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A must-read and must-do for school leaders who are serious about creating the very best organisational culture and environment for success. Tony takes you straight to the heart of the matter schools have to be the ultimate role model for changing mindsets. This can only be achieved by leaders, teachers, students and parents, both as individuals and as a collective, being guided to view things through a different lens. With absolute clarity of thought and process, Tony prods and provokes our conscious at all levels and shows us how we can achieve it. --Michael Gernon, CEO and Principal, GEMS Wellington Academy
How do we create a school culture in which students feel confident and achieve success? Founded on years of teaching, observation, reading and coaching, Tony s excellent book lays out a clear and compelling case for developing growth mindsets in schools. Teachers and leaders should enjoy the clarity of exposition, the practical usefulness of the ideas and Tony s sheer passion for the subject. Tony demonstrates how coaching and deliberate practice can change a school culture, providing practical ideas for communicating a growth mindset to teachers and pupils. Drawing on the work of scholars such as Hattie, Dweck, Seligman and Ericsson, Tony explains how the brain works and how we can develop motivation, resilience, grit, perseverance and well-being in students. Leaders will welcome the analysis of how best to effect change in schools, in particular the value of the drip-feed approach to change management, including not only teachers, but parents, support staff and governors. Teachers will value Tony s specific ideas for carrying out action research in this field. There is no doubt that the beliefs and expectations of both students and teachers play a huge role in determining outcomes in schools. Tony develops a very persuasive argument for how changing mindsets can tap into the tremendous potential every person has. --Steve Smith, former head of MFL, author of the forthcoming Becoming an Outstanding Languages Teacher
In schools we are always self-evaluating and looking to improve practice, something which is often driven by data trends and can often lead to much of our improvement work being subject specific. Therefore, as a school leader it is refreshing and energising to focus on how we can improve our practice overall. Tony s book is a reminder not only of why we work in schools but also the impact we can have on children s lives. A Mindset for Success takes you from theory to practice in a very pragmatic way. From his initial exploration of the work of the theorists, right through to the practical application in the classroom, Tony s narrative is clear, accessible and engaging. Tony deeply believes that mindsets matter: his passion for developing mindsets for success makes a positive difference not only to the children we teach but also to ourselves as teachers, the people responsible for preparing children for the challenges of their lives ahead. This is evident throughout the book and in our experience working with Tony at our school in Ripon. --Paul Bowlas, Head Teacher, Holy Trinity CE Junior School
About the Author
Tony Swainston is a UK born and based trainer and writer. Following on from a 20-year career in teaching, for the past 15 years he has delivered training, in both business and education, in over 15 countries around the world. Tony has a passion for developing individuals as leaders and coaches, working with people across a broad range of levels in organisations. He is a sought-after keynote speaker with clients that include Shell, the British Council and the Ministry of Education in Saudi Arabia. He has, so far, taken over 20 UK schools through his 12-month Mindset of Success programme.
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Tony also makes it clear that the development of a growth mindset culture in a school will not happen overnight, but requires the adoption of a belief by everyone involved that every individual truly does have a wonderfully unique potential that can be released. It is the untapping of this potential that is central to “A mindset for success”. All of those involved in schools owe it to the children that we teach to make this vision into a reality. This book enables us to see how it can be done.
Tony says in the book that we need to, at the very least, be aware of the impact we can all have on young people when we talk about IQ and talent as if these things are rigidly fixed inside a person. But the real value of the book goes beyond the academic theory, that is very clearly set out, and instead lies in the fact that practical steps are offered for schools to be able to move towards a culture that embraces the uniqueness of every student. This includes an awareness of the daily language used by both adults and students and how this reflects the optimistic belief, that has to be inherently there, about the possibility for growth in every individual.
Affecting the belief systems, and therefore the culture, of any organisation takes time and commitment. The book makes it very clear why the effort involved is very much worthwhile, and how a mindset for success can be achieved in any school that has the vision to understand its value and importance.