Of course, Aristotle had it pegged ages ago with one of my most favorite quotes ever, "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit."
I have to say, I enjoyed the book. It is a quick read, with ample examples that could be shared with students. I think the sports analogies would particularly resonate with certain classes. It is good to be reminded that explaining the malleability of the mind is important, because students just naturally assume that they are either "smart" or "not smart" (or "artistic" or not). Dweck outlines case after case where students and adults can change how they approach learning after being taught growth mindset strategies.
So now, I have some good information to share with parents and even fellow teachers when they say something like, "I could never draw a straight line, even with a ruler!" Or (and this is one of the worst), "The art gene does not run in our family." I would guess that no one ever says to their child, "You know, the reading gene does not run in our family."
I put a whole slew of quotes I like on my interest page---things I think would start deep thinking and interesting discussions. It is on my board "Art Openers".
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