Wednesday, January 18, 2012


This past Monday, Austin staff members received the book Mindset.  We will spend the next few months looking at it in-depth through a campus-wide book study.  Here is an overview provided by the book's website:

In a fixed mindset, people believe their basic qualities, like their intelligence or talent, are simply fixed traits. They spend their time documenting their intelligence or talent instead of developing them. They also believe that talent alone creates success—without effort. They’re wrong.

In a growth mindset, people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work—brains and talent are just the starting point. This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment. Virtually all great people have had these qualities.

Teaching a growth mindset creates motivation and productivity in the worlds of business, education, and sports. It enhances relationships. When you read Mindset, you’ll see how.

Has anyone out there read this book?  What were your impressions or take-aways?


  1. I enjoyed reading Mindset and found the ideas applicable in many areas of life.

  2. The national organization for gifted and talented are in the process of redefining what it means to be gifted. In the new definition, they address the talent and the importance of developing one's talent. Additionally, it reminds us that we cannot be good at everything and the importance of recognizing this as a part of your mindset. I have read the book and absolutely loved how applicable it is to education, lesson design, and relationships we develop with our learners in helping them develop their talents.

  3. I have this book but have not had a chance to read it yet. Was excited to read that your campus is going to do it as a book study. What a great idea. Our primary Talented and Gifted teacher really likes this book and even did a potpourri presentation at the TAGT Conference in December in Austin. Maybe I will join you in your book study from abroad here in Austin...