The Growth Mindset and Appreciative Inquiry: Getting the Best from Your Students and Getting Them to Believe in Themselves | Online Learning for Teachers pursuing Continuing Education and Professional Development | The Connecting Link


The Growth Mindset and Appreciative Inquiry: Getting the Best from Your Students and Getting Them to Believe in Themselves - #SPC18160

Graduate-Level Credit / Non-Credit Hours
3 Semester Credits or 45 Clock Hours

Course Description

This course will educate participants on the difference of a fixed or growth mindset, and how Appreciative Inquiry (AI) can cultivate the classroom environment into a place of risk taking and success. Participants will learn about their own mindset and how it impacts students, as well as techniques for evaluating the growth mindset, strategies for reframing failures to successes, and devising lesson plans with the growth mindset in mind. Participants will also learn about Appreciative Inquiry and how it is among the growing trend of approaches to human development and organizational change. Focus on the power of positive question and imagery, sharing stories, and implementation of Dr. David Cooperrider’s 4-D cycle will be reviewed, along with implementation strategies. Participants will leave the course understanding how to create a dynamic classroom that fosters growth and compassion; that will create bonds with students to push them further and increase test scores.

Global Goals of the Course

  1. To examine current research in the area of the growth mindset and Appreciative Inquiry (NBPTS 3,4,5)
  2. To develop an understanding of the need for effective teaching using the growth mindset and Appreciative Inquiry (NBPTS 1,3,4,5)
  3. To analyze current growth mindset and Appreciative Inquiry methods in order to create engaged practices to better support student learning (NBPTS 1,3,4,5)
  4. To explore possible applications of the growth mindset and Appreciative Inquiry models in the classroom (NBPTS 1,2,3,4,5)
  5. To synthesize best practice growth mindset and Appreciative Inquiry research and classroom applications (NBPTS 2,3,4,5)


By Chelsea Freedman
Reviewed 2 years ago
The feedback from my instructor was really supportive and confirming.

By Lynne Pigney
Reviewed 6 months ago
Mary's classes are always enjoyable.

By Nicole Mitchell
Reviewed 6 months ago
Mary Wolf is a great instructor. She takes time to ensure we understand the content.

By Nicole Wiltz
Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Shelly was amazing! She was prompt to reply to questions. She presented the information/content of this course in a very organized manner that was absolutely applicable to the classroom. I have already begun to implement what I learned from her and it is making a difference!

By Lori Fischer
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Shelly is very supportive as we work through the milestones. She really knows the topic and facilitates the discussions well. She also gives great feedback.

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