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 - #SPC18175

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 Tammie Mabry
Reviewed 7 months ago
John Adams was a great facilitator of this class. He was positive with his feedback and always timely. I appreciated both and will be looking to see if he teaches other classes.

By Nancy Mistro
Reviewed 1 year ago
Mary Wolf is a wonderful instructor. She is knowledgable and understanding of teachers and their personal lives!

By Maureen Szostak
Reviewed 9 months ago
The Connecting Link courses are applicable to every classroom. The work is meaningful and can be implemented immediately. There is also a variety of courses to take and each course helped me become a better teacher.

By Kimberly Wilson
Reviewed 7 months ago
I thought the instructor did a great job and gave feedback quickly which I really appreciated!

By Maura Doornkaat
Reviewed 2 months ago
Mary was a wonderful supportive teacher

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