Building on the success of her classic, bestselling book, Change Your Questions, Change Your Life, Marilee Adams shows in this new book how teachers and other education professionals can change their own and their students’ lives by developing an active, inquiring mindset and igniting a lifelong love of learning.
Building on the success of her classic, bestselling book, Change Your Questions, Change Your Life
, Marilee Adams shows how, by adopting a new mindset, teachers can rekindle their love of teaching and ignite their students with a love of learning.
Teaching That Changes Lives
is a transformational and practical guide that will enable teachers to make an authentic difference with their students and avoid succumbing to the myriad pressures and challenges of their jobs.
Using the storytelling format that proved so successful in her previous book, Adams tells how Emma, a sixth-grade teacher on the verge of quitting her job, learns to cultivate what Adams calls the “Learner Mindset”— having the discipline, curiosity, and courage to consistently ask growth-oriented, open-minded questions of oneself and others—and to avoid the close-minded and critical “Judger Mindset.” Emma transforms her classroom, her relationships with her colleagues, and, most importantly, her students' eagerness for learning and achievement.
Teaching is more than imparting facts and skills—it's preparing students for the test of life. Featuring an innovative, easy-to-follow workbook and access to a Learner Mindset online mini-course, this inspiring book will ensure that teachers and students alike become creative, resilient problem solvers, bridge builders, and lifelong learners.
Introduction: Mindsets for Learning
Chapter 1: The Alchemy of Inquiry
Chapter 2: Mindsets Make All the Difference
Chapter 3: Mapping the Geography of Our Minds
Chapter 4: Exploring Learner and Judger Mindsets
Chapter 5: Thinking with New Questions
Chapter 6: Listening with Learner Ears
Chapter 7: Questions Out of the Box
Chapter 8: Easy as ABCD
Chapter 9: Becoming a Resilient Learner
Chapter 10: Questioning Assumptions
Chapter 11: Surprising Collaborators
Chapter 12: Opening to New Possibilities
Chapter 13: Staff Meeting Showdown
Chapter 14: The Question that Changes Everything
Epilogue: The Five Questions
Workbook with Mindset Tools
Learner Mindset Online Learning
About the Author
About the Inquiry Institute
Gold Metal Winner in Education Commentary/Theory category of the 2014 Independent Publisher Awards
In response to educators who are already fans of her bestseller Change Your Questions, Change Your Life, Marilee Adams, the originator of Question Thinking, presents a compelling model for creating a classroom environment infused with curiosity, creativity, and caring. Through a moving story of a teacher on the verge of burnout, Adams demonstrates the powerful influence our mindsets have on how we interact with our students, our colleagues, and ourselves. Through vivid examples, she illustrates how cultivating what she calls a Learner Mindset leads to breakthroughs in critical thinking, communication, and collaboration. Complete with Adams’s Choice Map for identifying our own mindsets, a workbook, and access to online resources, this inspiring book will transform teachers and students alike into open-minded, creative, resilient problem solvers and lifelong learners.