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 - #SPC18179

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 Wendy Bedell
Reviewed 5 months ago
Paul Wright is a fantastic instructor. The courses are well thought out and extremely informative. Feedback on assignments is prompt and supportive of the learning process.

By Maureen Szostak
Reviewed 1 year 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 Amanda Strickler
Reviewed 10 months ago
Steve is amazing at forming connections and engaging through having them take ownership in their own learning.

By Scott Stehlik
Reviewed 11 months ago
The instructor was wonderful. He really pushed me to think differently and challenged me to better myself so that I can be better for the students and staff at the school.

By Brooke Martyn
Reviewed 2 months ago
Steve Novak is my favorite teacher at Connecting Link. His feedback is wonderful and quick. Plus, his content of each class is done so well!

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