Mindsets in the Classroom by Mary Cay Ricci (a review)

mindsets in the classroom
Mindsets in the Classroom

“If a teacher has it in his/her mind that intelligence can not be achieved, they will undoubtedly treat the student as a failure forever-…”

Mindsets in the Classroom: Building a Culture of Success and Student Achievement in Schools by Mary Cay Ricci

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What are the mindsets of your students when you enter a classroom? And more importantly, what is your mindset?

Mary Cay Ricci explores the concept of intelligence, some misconceptions about it and the beautiful idea of plasticity of the brain.

On my website, I review often review books on the brain and learning,- and a year ago, I reviewed Dr. Caroline Leaf’s book Switch On Your Brain where she explores how we can literally change the shape of our brains with what and how we learn.

Well, Ricci is on the same topic, except this concept is useful for the classroom. For instance, an odd belief among teachers and parents is that “intelligence is something you are born with and unchangeable.”(16)

How disappointing to those struggling in an area of academics!

Another point the book makes is if a teacher has it in his/her mind that intelligence can not be achieved, they will undoubtedly treat the student as a failure forever- and this is detrimental to all students in a classroom.

With encouragement, and with professional development coaching for teachers, hopefully the school system will finally understand that every student can achieve success with patience and the right kind of help.

My Thoughts
This book has touched me in so many ways. As a tutor, writer, and former educator, I believe all children and adults can achieve success in and out of the classroom. However, it is amazing to me how many people believe intelligence is hereditary/or static and therefore not all can attain this.

The book is full of forms, exercises and other assessments to encourage you and get you thinking in the right frame of mind.

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